As the profession grows to over one million HR workers, it becomes ever more important to define the means by which a human resources professional can be effective. There are six competencies every HR professional must possess in order to be effective and positively impact the workplace. Here’s a look at what you, as a modern HR professional, need to know.
HR professionals in the modern age have to think from the outside looking in. They have to possess exceptional knowledge about business trends and know how to translate these trends into decisions within their own company. Such knowledge includes applying the following global trends:
“Credible activism” refers to the ability of an effective HR professional to build a brand of sorts and create trust through their knowledge and business savvy. When an HR professional keeps their promises, builds trusting personal relationships, and are reliable, they become a credible activist.
As a professional, you should be able to communicate clearly, advocate for your ideas and opinions in a positive way and maintain a high level of ethics and integrity. Your communications must be consistent, clear and have a measurable impact on business practices.
Another important competency is the ability you have to define and expand your organization’s capabilities. This is done by investing in the building of organizational capabilities from individual abilities. Such capabilities will outlast any individual within the system and carry over to create an effective and lasting business.
Champions of Change
The effective human resources worker is a constant champion and advocate of evolution and change. They know that a lack of change leads to stagnancy and a lack of effectiveness. Thus, by keeping track of global trends, managing the abilities of their workers, and combining the whole into a strong set of business practices, they advocate constant evolution and change within their organization.
This change has to be sustained once initiated. Organizational resources must be made available to educate others in this area, and constant training and communications need to be made available. As a professional, it’s your job to make sure that your organization is responsive to change and flexible enough to embrace it on a continual basis.
Innovate and Integrate
You need to understand the history of the HR field as well as where it’s going. This will allow you to identify trends before they occur, and be an innovator in your field. Innovation is all-important in keeping relevant, and the better able you are able to leverage your talent development, evaluation, team building and communications skills.
Technology, obviously, isn’t going anywhere. The better able you are to embrace and integrate it into your practices, the more innovative and effective you will be. Technology is changing the landscape of HR and not only do you need to embrace it, you need to do so in a way in which you will not lose the “human” from human resources.