In years past, the director of HR was responsible for hiring new employees, firing incompetent ones, and company compliance. Now, the concept of HR carries a negative connotation. It looks as if employees are nothing more than commodities for a company. No company wants people feeling as though they are replaceable with a newer model and as though their input doesn’t matter, and that tends to be how people feel when too much focus is put into HR.
Companies in today’s market are switching from standard HR titles to new ones to try and invigorate their workforce. It is common to hear titles like “mood coordinator” or “people officer” in place of old HR titles. These titles are to help people understand the new scope of the HR position, as well.
The Changes in Today’s Workplaces
Past HR employees were an entity onto themselves. They didn’t fit in with management or employees, and were singled out among a company. However, this prospect kept many companies from creating a cohesive culture with happy employees and a unified goal of success. The development of a cohesive culture was the starting point of the overhaul of the way people see HR.
Today, companies understand how priceless a good employee can be. Gone are the days where an employee was a commodity, since now, the people who fall under the “people officer” title are able to focus on just that – the people. Once employees were viewed as equals with emotions, the job of HR began to evolve into one that promoted positivity, morale, and increased productivity.
Between the influx of Millennials and the increases in technology, today’s employees are seeking fulfillment in both their work and home lives. Today’s employees take flexibility to a new level, which allows for increased evolvement in HR as well.
The Scope of Today’s HR Department
Today, HR professionals have far more duties to juggle. People working from home, using flextime, coming to work via a video conference, and even workplace devices are all part of their duties. When an HR professional is able to manage all of these duties well, employees feel empowered, enabling them to work more efficiently, increasing overall productivity.
HR professionals are responsible for the experience each employee has in their work. They need to keep track of amenities, build up the teams within the workplace, engage employees, and still keep up with the hiring and firing portion of the task. They need to figure out how each person feels, and customize the ideal experience for that person’s needs.
There are now Smart HR teams out there to help with this transition, working with many facets of the company, such as the CIO, to help regulate and manage experiences in the workplace. The goal is to have a happier and more productive workforce. When management and HR work cohesively, the possibilities are limitless, allowing for top performance and empowered experiences to come from each employee.
The new title is only the beginning of the change that HR professionals should expect. The titles are meant to reflect the leadership and experience these people bring to the table. HR professionals, instead of being the outcasts, and becoming the partners each company needs to survive and thrive.