The world of human resources is changing rapidly, and drastically needs to be rethought (as if our name didn't offer our sentiments on that already). There are myriad reasons this is happening, but two key factors are that 1) technology is automating more traditional HR tasks, and 2) culture is more important than ever.
Here are a few things we'd like to see disappear before 2020.
1. HR titles
We're adamant that humans are not resources, therefore we think the field deserves a new, more empowering, modern name. We recently wrote a piece on companies that have swapped out the term "HR" in favour of more relevant titles that involve "People & Culture," "People Operations", and "Employee Experience." We highly encourage you to do the same.
When it comes to recruiting, nothing is more drab than the resume. Unless it's exceptionally well crafted, it's not a realistic indicator of the talent -- or person -- on the other side. Even if it is beautifully designed or creative, we still don't believe it's the best way to get a feel for a real live prospect for your company. In our piece on the end of the resume, we outlined our thinking in more detail, and offered some alternatives.
Since this is an ever-evolving space, we're always on the lookout for new ways to screen for candidates. If your company instills any practices you've found highly effective, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below.
3. The tedious admin stuff
While some HR professionals might be panicking that technology is making their jobs obsolete, the early adopters are celebrating because it means the end of tedious admin work, and the dawn of newer, more exciting things. By embracing technology to help streamline processes like pay roll and time off, former administrators can devote more time and energy to people development and company culture -- the more fun and fulfilling stuff.
While there are many shifts happening across the industry we wanted to narrow in on these three, but we highly encourage your feedback, thoughts and ideas in the comments below.