Is HR as a profession dying? Clearly, the future of HR is not dying, but HR is changing.

Seismic changes are rippling through the way businesses operate, and for HR consultants they are resulting in numerous challenges.

Dealing with complex HR compliance due to regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Brexit, we are having to change our processes and strategies to stay ahead.

The makeup of a business’s workforce is changing at a phenomenal pace; today’s workforce is more diverse, mobile and technologically enabled than ever.

There can be five different generations, all working side-by-side, and all having varying expectations of work and workplaces. Good HR consultants are having to find new ways of attracting and retaining top talent and working with business leaders to enable them to offer the flexibility, mobility and work-life balance that so many employees are now expecting.

It’s clear that job seekers are seeking more meaningful workplace experiences. They want to be paid fairly but they want to work for a company whose values align with their own, and whose mission they can fully get behind.” – Christian-Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor President.

What are the most powerful drivers of this change?

Digital technology – Technological changes and its impact on the workplace.

Most companies are turning to the new age technologies, such as AI or intelligent automation, to help carry out talent and managerial tasks that are time consuming and labour intensive.

Automation is a reality that companies must except and adopt to become more efficient and enable more meaningful work for employees, right?

Actually the reality is very different. There is no large scale HR Tech in the domain. Most of the automation involves setting up employee messages, benefits, payroll and compensation.

The people, process and policy is very much still delivered by a human HR Consultant.

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Rise of the gig economy

What is the gig economy? – Short term contracted or freelance work rather than permanent work. Instead of a regular wage, workers get paid for the gigs they do. At its core are app-based platforms that dish out the gigs. Think Uber and Deliveroo.

Employee experience

In the wake of the pandemic, global trends are demanding businesses to strengthen and rethink the employee experience.

While employee experience is a critical factor for success, many businesses struggle to embrace or deliver it.

Employee experience is the entire life cycle for an employee, including how you recruit, induct, develop, nurture and manage each employee.

You don’t have to be an employee to deliver great employee experience. Our HR Consultants at MAD-HR work with clients to develop their employee experience, making their place of business stand out.

Competitive advantage

There are several ways to drive competitor advantage, here are 5 of the best.

  1. Marketing
  2. Finance
  3. Human Resources
  4. Legal
  5. Customer Service

Get these right and the business will grow and succeed.

Operational excellence

Do you actively monitor, measure and manage cost and productivity across the business?

HR Consultancy is moving from the offices to the boardroom, leading to an increasing requirement to demonstrate how it is supporting business growth and the bottom line.

MAD-HR is recognised for its contribution to our clients’ bottom line. Everything we do is to ensure our clients gain the greatest return on investment (ROI).

HR has adopted new ways of working – such as flexible working, data driven decision making, and continuous performance management, remote working and gig economy. Changing employee expectations are also driving some of these operational changes.

Staying ahead of the game

HR is ever evolving and there will always be new changes to come. How will you and your business stay ahead of the game? Whilst not all businesses have the budget or appetite for an all-encompassing internal HR Department, most businesses recognise at some point or another in their journey that great, pragmatic, commercial HR advice and support will be pivotal in navigating the bumps in the road, ensuring they stay on their course to success and make the journey much more enjoyable for all. Great HR consultants that truly understand your business, your culture and aspirations can guide you every step of the way, helping you achieve your goals quicker and easier and at a fraction of the cost.

So are HR consultants a dying breed? Nope, we are an evolving one!

To discuss how we can support you in evolving your business, please call us today to speak to a member of our experienced team.