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Many organisations think putting money and time into Human Resources is a luxury and don’t necessarily give HR its full value. They think HR is something it would be nice to have when the company reaches a larger amount of employees or when they are better established.
They may feel the need to wait until there is buy-in from all the staff and company stakeholders before implementing change.
Whether we agree with this or not, it is what many businesses think. In some companies, HR may not be prioritised or given a seat at the top table. This can make working in a forward-facing way difficult. When your company thinks like this, you, as a professional, are fighting an uphill battle.
Kyle Smith of Forbes Magazine said – It’s time for companies to fire their Human Resources Departments – Forbes. This a scary yet important warning of a fast-approaching future where many HR tasks will be automated.
I personally believe the opposite of this, I believe that effective use of HR when coupled with good technology can change a company and the way we do business. So why is it so contentious? Why is HR effort not held in higher regard?
My first thought around this was to take a look at what other company employees in smaller organisations (let’s say 15-250) actually think Human Resources does.
It is common to find employees and owners of many small to medium-sized companies who view HR efforts purely as administration and compliance.
Owners in such organisations echo what the Forbes article says- “at most HR is a necessary evil”.
If this is the case, we as HR professionals need to think, what do office Managers and HR People have to do to change this perception?
In this digital age, it is easy and cost-effective to automate admin and compliance tasks such as timesheets, holiday and absence management, organising and ensuring that training and CPD are done.
As an HR professional or Office Manager, why do I advocate doing this? You may be thinking, this could do me out of a job!
If you in any way think like that, shame on you! Nowadays, if you are working in a good, progressive organisation, it is only a matter of time before you get found out! If you are kept busy, merely administrating documents let’s face the facts! The fact is, in a modern progressive organisation, you will be replaced by software or a bot sooner rather than later.
Progressive organisations only want people to have one job at work. What do I mean by that? A brilliant organisational psychologist Robert Kegan wrote in his and Lisa Laskow Lahey’s must-read book “An Everyone Culture” that many people have two jobs at work, the first one is doing their job and the second one is hiding what they can’t or doesn’t want to do.
Imagine if you went to your Boss and said “I can automate many of our administrative functions associated with managing, hiring our people and also keep us compliant. In fact, I can make everyone’s job easier and more enjoyable and cut our recruitment costs by 70% and I can have this implemented within 1 week.” Do you think he/she would listen?
If this has tweaked your interest, click on the link below and take 5 minutes to see what it would save you. This way you can approach the impending change in a proactive way and make it your own.