In today’s changing world, both jobs and business environments are shifting dramatically. With new demands needing to be met every day it’s a complicated time to be a prospective employee, or on the hiring side of the equation. The modern workplace moves quickly and employees are getting lots of information thrown at them all the time. Daily tasks and new emerging technologies are all changing even as we speak, and careers are moving at the speed of light. During this time, HR needs to be prepared to move at the same rate so that they can make the necessary changes in their work environments. Below are three things HR can’t ignore:
- Improve the goal setting and learning experiences for employees. It's important to pay attention to not just what employees learn, but how they are learning it. It's also critical that they can gain access to the information they need to do the tasks you assign them. HR should help employees seek out ways to learn new things and provide them with the technology they need to do so. For example, if a manager needs one of their team members to take a twelve- week course to hone their web development skills, the employee might not be very interested in adding that to their workload. However, if that task is one of their specific goals for the quarter, and you’re using performance management software like Xactly Objectives™ that ties an objective to an incentive than they are much more motivated to take the class. Employees greatly value keeping their careers moving in a positive direction, and that professional development is not only important, but also crucial for growth.
- With a high volume of people applying for jobs, it’s important to interview only the most qualified ones that are a great culture fit for your company. If you want to bring in quality candidates focus on challenging job seeker’s thinking processes during the interview and ask questions that can illuminate if the prospective employee fits in with the company’s culture and values.
- Creating competitive benefits packages is top of mind for all Human Resource leaders. With the competition for quality talent extremely high in the tech industry, it’s imperative that organizations step up and make sure that their benefits align with their corporate culture and with the needs of all their employees. For example, if one of your core values is about health and well being, and you don’t have a subsidized gym program then your benefits are out of alignment with your values and this must be remedied so that you can continue to attract high-quality applicants.
Applying the above changes to an organization can show tremendous results in hiring new job seekers that are, in fact, great leaders and thinkers. In this quickly changing working world, we can no longer ignore the wave of change that is impacting our businesses.