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Human Resources (HR): The changing trend

As workplace dynamics evolve, together with changes in business needs and the employment landscape, the role of HR has changed over the years too.

I am sharing from a general point of view.

๐‡๐‘ ๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž

From 1914 to 1939 (wartime), the HR Manager was known as the Labour Manager

From 1945 to 1979 (post World War II), HR was termed as Personnel Management. Industrialisation developed at a fast pace.

From 1980 to 200, the term Human Resource Management (HRM) came in.ย 

Today, while the term HR exists, other terms like Human Capital, Business Partnering, People, and culture are very common too. The Strategic HR Management


๐‡๐‘ ๐…๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐“๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฌ

๐ŸŽฏTalent acquisition (TA) has replaced the function name Recruitment and Selection

๐ŸŽฏTotal Rewards is the preferred term for Compensation and Benefits

๐ŸŽฏL&D or Learning & Development is the common name now vs the older term Training & Development.

๐ŸŽฏOrientation is a subset of onboarding. The flow:

Preboardingโžก๏ธ orientation โžก๏ธtraining โžก๏ธtransition to a new role


๐๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ

๐ŸŽฏPerformance Management (or review) is no longer a monologue session. Employees are encouraged (or expected) to be prepared for the discussion. It is a dialogue.ย 

In many organisations, people leading managers can be assessed through the following methods:

โœ…360-degree feedback (evaluation by team members, peers of the same level, direct or dotted line superior)

โœ…Employee engagement survey

โœ…Exit interview report (if certain team has high turnover)

ย The above allows the top management to gain insight into their managersโ€™ performance. This is provided that the report outcome is being taken objectively and with fairness.

ย ๐Š๐ž๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‡๐‘

๐Ÿ’กHybrid work arrangement (or FWA, Flexi work arrangement)

๐Ÿ’กEmployee attraction (branding) and retention or employee experienceย 

๐Ÿ’กDEI (diversity, equality, and inclusion)

๐Ÿ’กTechnological advances (AI, ATS, HRIS etc)

๐Ÿ’กChange managementย 

๐Ÿ’กย Compliance and governance

ย ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž

HR Shared service and outsourcing are very common too.

ย The processes are well integrated with HRIS and have changed work flow. Many organisations are using technologies to enhance work processes which is ever-needed in the rapidly changing world.

Regardless of the rapid changes, the 5P model remains fundamental: ๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž,๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž, ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž.ย 


What are the changes you have experienced/are experiencing in your organisationโ€™s HR structure/processes?


For people who are experiencing stress due to workplace changes,

1๏ธโƒฃ You may want to reach out to career coaches or life coaches

2๏ธโƒฃย You may want to read the book Career Insights byย Elliot Lee, a seasoned HR mentor.

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