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6 Ways to change human resources in the millennial age


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Work is changing faster than ever before. HR professionals know and live this every day. The head-on collision of digitization, disruptive business models, technology advances and powerful socio-economic forces are transforming every company in every market. Here's how to adapt and thrive.

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6 Ways to change human resources in the millennial age

  1. 1. Thenew HRandthe consumerization ofwork Six imperatives for engaging your changing workforce
  2. 2. Work is changing faster than ever before. As an HR leader, no one understands this better than you.
  3. 3. The head-on collision of digitization, disruptive business models, technology advances and powerful socio-economic forces are transforming every company in every market.
  4. 4. The winners of tomorrow will be diverse – but they’ll have one thing in common: The companies that will thrive in the next decade will be the companies with the most engagedworkforces.
  5. 5. Where everyone is on board, working for the same things and sharing the same values. We’ve seen it over and over again, from the companies overturning whole industries.
  6. 6. An engaged workforce is an insurmountable competitive advantage. With it, there’s very little you can’t accomplish.
  7. 7. But without it, any initiative can be dragged back to earth.
  8. 8. This all adds up to one conclusion: In times of enormous change that demand an aligned, motivated workforce, theroleofHRhasnever beenmoreimportant.
  9. 9. The choices you make as an HR leader will be critical determinants of your company’s success.
  10. 10. But to rise to these challenges, HRhastochangetoo We can’t do what we’ve always done and expect today’s employees to respond.
  11. 11. In our HR transformation work, we’ve seen emerging patterns and themes that we believe every HR leader should be acting on right now. These six imperatives – six actions – are shaping a completely newkindofHR for a new world of work.
  12. 12. Thesiximperatives
  13. 13. 1. Align 2. Integrate 3. Analyze 4. Engage 5. Personalize 6. Streamline Let’s take each in turn…
  14. 14. Align
  15. 15. The first job of HR is to align the goals of the employee with the goals of the business. That hasn’t changed. Em ployee Business
  16. 16. What has changed is the set of expectations that people bring to work today.
  17. 17. There’s a lot of talk in HR about the ‘consumerization of benefits’, but that’s just one manifestation of a deeper shift: the consumerization of work itself. HR
  18. 18. More and more people see their employers as they see any other supplier – as a vendor competing for their loyalty. At the same time, other people expect a more traditional, even paternalistic relationship with their employer. Parental figure Supplier
  19. 19. Aligning such a diverse workforce with the goals and strategies of the business is a far more dynamicchallenge thaneverbefore.
  20. 20. Your employees come first. And if you treat your employees right, guess what? Your customers come back, and that makes your shareholders happy. Start with employees and the rest follows from that. Herb Kelleher Former CEO of Southwest Airlines
  21. 21. Listen to employees in new ways. Understand their needs more deeply. Be flexible enough to respond to those needs. Hire for the company’s goals and culture. Communicate clearly and often about everything from the company’s mission to the ways you support employee health, wealth and career goals. Use data to look for – and correct – signs of misalignment. Alignment Actions
  22. 22. Integrate
  23. 23. People think of their lives holistically. But HR departments are splitintosilos.
  24. 24. Today’s HR takes an integrated approach, bringing health, wealth and career together into one single view of (and for) the employee’s wellbeing.
  25. 25. It makes sense: a decision about retirement savings, for example, may well depend on short-term healthcare needs.
  26. 26. Pension Savings Health Plan Career Progress Fitness tracker data Insurance Personal banking Making connections HR departments are helping employees integrate their work lives with their lives outside of work, with open employee portals that allow people to bring their own data into their workplace information hub.
  27. 27. Employees these days expect less of a separation of work and personal life. That doesn’t mean that work tasks should encroach upon our personal time, but it does mean that employees today expect more from the companies they work for. Marc Benioff Founder and CEO of Salesforce
  28. 28. Unite data sources as a service to the employee. Create a holistic view of their health, wealth and career goals and status. Ensure it can be accessed via multiple channels. Open up your employee portal to outside data sources, so your people can see everything that matters most in one place. Reach out to social media and expert sources to help guide employee decisions (and reduce the stresses that erode engagement). Integration Actions
  29. 29. Analyze
  30. 30. Today’smostprogressive HR departments are usingdata-drivendecisions to guide everything frombenefits options andself-funded strategies tocommunicationchannels, employee engagement,trainingprogression, retirement planningguidance and wellness incentives.
  31. 31. Analytics also helps optimize provider discounts and simplify compliance.%
  32. 32. It’satrend mirrored across every discipline, not just HR: collect data from allsources, then analyze it for insights intoimproved performance, participationand outcomes.
  33. 33. If the statistics are boring, you’ve got the wrong numbers. Edward Tufte Professor Emeritus Statistics, Yale University
  34. 34. Collect data from everywhere employees interact. Connect disparate data sources to generate insight that drives better decisions. Introduce smart systems that learn from the data to improve engagement and start to be predictive and prescriptive. Analytics Actions
  35. 35. Engage
  36. 36. Old HR had a duty to inform. New HR must fully engage employees to be active participants in their own health, wealth and career choices.
  37. 37. The stakes are higher but the old resistance is still high (thinking about things like wellness, finances and retirement can be stressful).
  38. 38. That’s why employee communications today looks a lot less like back-office administration and a lot more like (internal) marketing.
  39. 39. Today, no leader can afford to be indifferent to the challenge of engaging employees in the work of creating the future. Engagement may have been optional in the past, but it’s pretty much the whole game today. Gary Hamel Author and management expert
  40. 40. Engagement Actions Communicate through multiple channels – email, text, social media, mobile apps… whatever your employees prefer. Be creative – try new ways to get employees involved in programs, benefits and offers. Explore gamification – reward interaction and ‘nudge’ people towards the right things. Track key metrics. Take data snapshots of the engagement levels of a given program or your entire health, wealth, and career landscape.
  41. 41. Personalize
  42. 42. At a time when everyone is bombarded with communications, the only thing that earns attention is relevance.
  43. 43. One-size-fits-all programs or communications will, by definition, only be relevant to a subset of your entire workforce. So new HR leaders develop personalized programs and ‘narrowcast’ messages only to the people who will care.
  44. 44. It’s a hugely powerfulway to make HR more relevant to every employee.
  45. 45. Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first. Angela Ahrendts SVP Apple Retail
  46. 46. Personalization Actions Design custom portfolios that reflect the specific needs of each individual. Target and generate dynamic communications that combine all relevant content into one, unique message for each person. Create personalized portals that combine health, wealth and career information in a single wellbeing dashboard for each employee (we’ve got some great examples to show you). Send fewer messages but with far higher relevance.
  47. 47. Streamline
  48. 48. HR has always carried an enormous workload. But with the pace of change, the pressure of regulation and the complexity of today’s benefits, your entire department is in danger of drowning in administrivia.
  49. 49. That would be a huge loss to the business – a business that needs active,strategic, proactiveHR more than ever before.
  50. 50. It’s not just a good idea to streamline, automate and accelerate every HR process you possibly can – it’s your duty. It’s the only way you’ll ever get to the more important parts of your job.
  51. 51. If you don’t optimizeyour HRprocesses, you won’t have the time or resources to attack the other 5 imperatives. (But if you do… you will).
  52. 52. I view my role more as trying to set up an environment where the personalities, creativity and individuality of all the different employees come out and can shine. Tony Hsieh Zappos CEO
  53. 53. Streamline Actions Outsource your benefits administration to a partner to serve employees better, save money, improve compliance and keep your HR cutting edge. Identify non-core HR functions that can be spun out into ‘HR-as-a-Service’ style delivery. Focus your internal HR teams on the strategic imperatives listed above.
  54. 54. Puttingthe siximperatives towork
  55. 55. As an HR leader, your company desperately needs the kind of strategic mission outlined here. A mission to align the goals of the employees with the goals of the company more closely than ever before.
  56. 56. A mission to fully engage your people in the new era of self-guided wellbeing across their health, wealth and career goals.
  57. 57. And a mission to release the fullpotential of your amazing workforce.
  58. 58. We’re convinced that such a mission will be dramatically more likely to succeed if it’s driven by the six imperatives we just outlined. And we’re here to help. Get in touch
  59. 59. Digdeeper Here are some things you’ll want to check out at some point: Useful Ideas and Insights for HR A whole library full of case studies, articles and new approaches. The HR Insights Blog New ideas to help your programs succeed. Employee Engagement How we design employee engagement programs for companies like yours. Celebrating 100 Years of HR Consulting Take a look at the past, present and future of HR.
  60. 60. Furtherreading Interested in finding out more about how the new HR works? Check out our ebook 7 ways HR can learn from marketing. Engage your employees with these smart marketing techniques Seven ways HRteams can learn from today’s savvy marketers Download
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