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HR: HR Needs to Change

 





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A variety of new business trends are catalysing the need for change in the human resources sector. “No longer can HR departments operate simply as personnel administrators, but need to prioritise the holistic needs and requirements of people as their top priority,” says Softline VIP HR director Anja Hartman-Weitz.

The worldwide war for talent, together with increasing business acknowledgement of the value of talent and its ability to help business compete in an ever increasingly competitive operating environment, is increasing the importance of HR in an organisations overall business strategy. “There is a need for each organisation to develop a comprehensive human capital plan, led by the CEO and HR management, in order to keep people at the top of company priorities. This requires a change in HRs image and role to an increasingly important driver of organisational strategy going forward,” explains Hartman-Weitz.

“Operating within this new business environment, HR professionals need to first and foremost build relationships of trust within their organisations. Organisations need HR personnel who operate with good character, integrity and intent. In addition, it is important to build competence in your capabilities and to pursue decisive results for your efforts,” says Harman-Weitz.

Due to the increasing importance of HR in an organisations business strategy, HR professionals need to equip themselves with insight and knowledge about all aspects of their organisations business operations. “You need to learn the language of your business and gain an understanding of all aspects of your business. This will enable you to better serve your organisation and the people who operate in it,” says Hartman-Weitz. It is also important for HR professionals to develop a commercial mind-set that understands business and how HR adds value to business.

“Armed with this insight into your business’ operations, HR teams then need to align HR strategy to organisational business goals. Alignment between HR strategy and business goals is vital to the effective running of any organisation in the complex business environment of today,” explains Hartman-Weitz. HR goals should be measurable and specific enough to monitor over time and judge their impact on overall business outcomes.

Overall, HR teams need to reinvent themselves for this new world of work where managing talent is key to businesses being able to achieve their long term goals. There is a need for a more business minded HR team that builds trust and credibility within their organisations, understands all aspects of the organisations operations and how HR adds value to these operations. This new kind of HR team will be able to serve its people and deliver significant business results to its organisation, thereby aiding the company to get ahead in the current competitive business environment.

Softline VIP is a subsidiary of Softline, a Sage plc company. Softline VIP employs 650 people and are market leaders in payroll and HR solutions. Some 3-million Africans are paid through VIP Payroll systems each month. Moving forward, the company aims to grow its reputation as an employer and service provider of choice.


 
 
 
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