Many business areas like logistics, finance and IT saw frequent disruptions in the past. Now a big time for change has finally come for HR – accompanied by uncertainty and doubt.
As C-level management embraces the massive changes that catalysts like self-improving, intuitive, mobile, embedded HR processes are bringing about, the pressure on HR to adapt and deliver is ever increasing: Managers expect happier employees, better quality output, higher productivity and lower costs, to give just a few examples for typical demands. The related changes come with the destruction of outdated and obsolete processes, tasks, skills and jobs.
If you are feeling the heat, there is a safe way out! Start with checking your daily work routine:
- Identify the tasks that are repetitive, boring and potentially redundant. Identify tasks that could easily disappear.
- Also, identify the tasks that make you shine, that no machine (bot) or service centre (which face an uncertain future too) could take away from you.
Document the results. Then try to get rid of the tasks that are likely to disappear. Dissolve them, by exploring novel solutions and new processes. In addition, concentrate your efforts on finding complementing, innovative tasks that highlight your natural talents. Be proactive and discuss your ideas with your management. Independent on how much change there will be, this will make you more valuable to your organisation.
If you need inspiration, look at the stars. Go out in a clear, moonless night, far away from any city light. Look up to the sky and marvel at the stars. If you ever doubted, you could be a star, because there are so many others in your organization, look to the sky: There are countless stars up there, there is always room for one more. The opportunity to be a star, in HR, was never greater.
Go for it.