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HR in 2012: Forum warns employers to adapt or be left behind

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HC Online | 24 Nov 2011, 01:00 AM Agree 0
A panel of industry experts in Sydney yesterday warned that Australia is entering the ‘new world of work’ and as yet, the challenges are not being met by the majority of organisations.
  • graeme creed | 24 Nov 2011, 03:26 PM Agree 0
    Unless employees over the age of 55 are given some surity of their position they will become silo boarders and knowledge storers
  • Pia Inverarity-Stone | 24 Nov 2011, 07:29 PM Agree 0
    Is the amount of single parents participating in the workforce still increasing and the family issues around single parenting affecting the workplace and work arrangments. Is this on the increase?
  • Vaishali Kapoor | 02 Dec 2011, 04:22 PM Agree 0
    HR have transitioned from transactional to transformational. Emplyees demands haved changed. Growth in demanding flexible working, more focus on project in hand and deliverables instead of designation and time spent with one employer, and payment for end results achieved rather than hours spent has opened up a new horizon towards hr practices. Now the perspective for hr is to manage free birds flying in the sky without boundaries. The challenge is to pic the right skilled bird for the right project not designation and pay appropriately for the results achieved. The bigger challenge is to retain the same and engage him more effectively.
  • Vaishali Kapoor | 02 Dec 2011, 04:46 PM Agree 0
    The horizon for HR has changed. The Transition has been from Paying for hours spent in office to Payment for project achievements, from searching for an employee to fill in a position (Designation) to searching for right skills for the right assignment, and from engaging employees inhouse to engaging and maintaining work culture outside office premises.
    This has lead to a growing challenge for HR professionals to Attract, Retain and Manage work force.
    The major challenges would be managing Flexi work culture, Engaging the right talent for the right job, Paying for the skills and value additions made and not for time spent, and lastly managing organisational structure without designations.
    In the long run employee's growth would be defined by assignments done and his achievements rather than vertical scaling in designations within a company. More and more professionals will grow as specialists in their domain rather than achieving high valued designations.
    HR will have to now adapt to start fishing for employees in the big ocean without boundaries rather than fishing in a pond within preset diameters.
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