Part 2 in The Future of HR series comes from Chris Fields at CostofWork for all the details on this series click here:
Last year while surveying the HR spectrum on the twitter sphere, I saw this name “HRremix” and immediately loved the handle. So I investigated. I wanted to know more about the author. Upon reading a couple of articles a few things were clear; 1. This person was new to blogging. 2. This person had some improving to do. 3. This person has a story to tell but wasn’t sure how. I could tell because I was the same way once upon a time.
So I checked her out for a little bit, but not in that creepy Facebook ex-lover way. I read her articles without retweeting them, I watched her interact with others and one day something told me to reach out to her. I stole that move from Dave Ryan and Steve Browne. I wanted to give her some encouragement just as they had done for me.
Now here it is a year later and we’re talking about the future of HR. Well the future is now.
Earlier in 2012, I asked Dwane Lay of Dovetail Software and LeanHRBlog to guest contribute to CostofWork.com (my blog) on the topic “Future Trends of HR”, great minds think alike huh, Melissa? He wrote a piece titled “Same As Its Ever Was.” When I first read it I wasn’t sure if I liked it, I thought maybe it could have been more futuristic. But the more I read it, the more I realized he was/is right.
Now the HRremix, who has established herself a solid following and demonstrates a mastery of HR concepts, is asking me about the future of human resources. Welp, with HR the overall concepts are the same; find the people (recruiting), train the people (T&D), engage the people (EE relations & benefits), learn the technology (innovation), use the technology (process improvement) and keep the company out of court (compliance).
Over simplifying it? Hmmm no! That’s it. Human behavior complicates things a bit, the best laid plans are foiled when employees go rogue, and that goes for rank-in-file employees all the way to the C-Suite, those guys can really screw the pooch!
You ask me about the future of HR? You are the future, yes you, reading this article, you are the future of the profession. Stay current, stay open minded, don’t ever think you know it all and never ever get complacent or entitled. Be sure to pay attention to trends in all the aforementioned areas and you will be just fine.
PS. Happy birthday HRremix
Go! – Go! – Go! – Go, Remix, its ya birthday, we gon’ party like its ya birthday!
Chris Fields of CostofWork.com is a regular contributor to SmartRecruiters and Performance I Create, in addition he does a lot of HR consulting from policy and procedures to resume writing and career tips. You can connect via Twitter @new_resource or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.