The Changing Work Of HR
It’s become a lot more complicated than it used to be in the days before technology turned the world into a global talent pool and sophisticated data-mining software made talent-hunting and winnowing so scientific. Don’t get me wrong. These tools are a good thing. A great thing even. Technology and social media have taken a lot of the guesswork and gut-work of HR, and enabled organizations to find stellar talent with speed and pinpoint precision. But mastering these news tools requires the right mindset, software and skills. HR is and should always be at the forefront of business leading the charge for change and adoption.
Five Top HR Competencies For 2014:
1. Applicant Tracking Software. Successful HR pros and Leaders need to understand and master this software. It’s the mothership that allows you to find talent and then manage it through the entire application and hiring experience.
2. Big picture thinking. The great HR pros know they don’t exist in a vacuum. They’re part of an organization and they have to stay (at least) one step ahead of where the organization is going. When you see a future need, prepare to fill it with the right talent. That way when the opening becomes official, you can hit the ground running. Analyze your organization’s short- and long-terms needs, and plan accordingly.
3. Human Resources Information System. This essential software streamlines the management of HR processes and employees alike. It frees up leaders from many tasks and allows them to focus on finding and hiring the right talent.
5. Talent management and people skills. Yes, we live in a technological age, but HR at its heart is about people, not technology. Stellar talent won’t stick around if it’s not well managed. Coaching, benefits, perks, partnerships for personal growth are all essential tools.Complete article: 5 HR Skills That Are Now Trending By Meghan M. Biro