Commemorating the historic struggles of labor and workers, in 1889, May 1 was celebrated as the Workers’ Day. The first of May is a national, public holiday in many countries across the world. Times have changed a lot for the better now since then. From inception, the personnel department had always been a crucial fulcrum to striking a fine balance between employers of labor and workers.
The officers in this department had the responsibilities of hiring and firing employees, handling employee benefits and complaints etc. These duties are still there, today. However, with time and advancing technology, there has been a paradigm shift in the nomenclature and functions of HR which has now titled toward the concept of Digital HR. What used to be viewed by many as one of the least exciting areas in an organization is now one of the most dynamic places to work. Human Resource is evolving into more than just hiring and firing but having a huge impact on the employee experience and the future of work.
The Contemporary HR is transforming how the HR Professionals used to operates. It has helped to give HR a strategic seat at the table for business decision-making and ensures those decisions are based on verifiable data as against what used to be practiced.
Changes We See in the Role of Modern HR
- HR as coaches, mentors, and thought leaders
In the early era of work, workers used to be scared of interacting with Personnel Managers/Officers because they could hardly be trusted and lack empathy and will be fired if they made errors or got into any kind of trouble. but today that mentality has changed, as employees often see HR has someone to go to with suggestions or feedback on how to improve employee experience and to gain insights into how to better their career and organization.
- More Lenient on Social Media usage at work
Companies in the past had strict laws on using specific sites from the office computers. They blocked access right to the social media sites fearing distraction or low productivity during work hours. However, many companies and modern HR have become lenient, and seen the need for some specific roles. Also, the Personnel Manager roles have transitioned to HR Manager/Capital and now to a more specific Digital HR functions. The Digital HR is quite savvy when it comes to Talent’ hunt online from the social media portals and also knows the importance of getting work done using the internet and Business Intelligent tools. The HR is also more vocal and does not mind spreading Workers’ Day notes on the social media sites.
- Work from Home Concept
This one is a game-changer too, so many HR Professionals have now realized that remote hiring and working of some selected functions in the workforce can also produce great results and reduce cost for the organization. HR is the driving force in building a cohesive work environment where employees are happy and growth can happen.
- Use of Data for Analysis
In the past, employee’s data was just a formality. However, today with People Analytics, HR teams have realized the depth to which they can use such data. The Analytics HR can now predict if the employees have what it takes to stay in the company or see if they are more vulnerable to illnesses or have the right shape and size needed for the future, which helps in planning ahead in meeting such needs.
- Benefits for Employees
Unionshave forever been at tenterhooks, waiting to see if the employees across all the levels get similar and decent benefits. In the past, the emoluments used to be better for the middle to higher executive and management teams. Now, thanks to the modern HR frameworks, all the employees, including daily wage labor get fair deals. From celebrating Workers’ Dayto ensuring everyone gets sufficient bouquet of incentives, times are surely changing for better.
The contemporary HR’s role certainly has become more dynamic and inclusive in terms of approach towards the employees.