As the academic term wraps up it is an opportune time to ask students to think about the various components of Human Resource Management that they have examined over the past months. In fact, reviewing the required skills and competencies of HR professionals is something that should continuously be done. As evidence of this, the national governing body (CPHR Canada) is currently undergoing a review of the nine (9) functional areas of knowledge and five (5) enabling competencies that are required from those holding the CPHR designation.
Various reasons for the changing nature of HR professionals’ roles include:
1. The need for more effective ways to manage diverse employees and strategically ensure inclusion within an engaging work environment;
2. Increased automation of processes while dealing with remote workers and increased globalization;
3. Pressures to do “more with less” and ensure that employees are indeed an organization’s greatest assets and strongest competitive advantage.
The article, 6 Bold Predictions for HR Departments of 2020, highlights key areas that HR will need to focus on. Students should review this list and discuss if they agree with the forecast changes and if so, how each element will impact and alter the work being conducted by HR departments. It is critical, for those planning on a career in HR and even for those who are not, to understand the demands placed on HR and how/when highly trained HR professionals can and should be turned to for support and assistance.
As students conclude their learning journey within an introductory HR course, I hope that they leave the experience with an enriched understanding of the demands and complexity within our ever evolving and valuable profession.
Wishing you and yours a blessed and peaceful holiday season.