COVID acted as a catalyst for the HR function, transforming it from policy maker to strategic business partner
Innovation is almost always born out of chaos – and if that past couple of years have been anything, they’ve been chaotic. The pandemic threw us all for a loop, with organizations scrambling to keep their people safe and the business profitable in remote work.
For HR leaders, it presented one of the biggest challenges of their careers – but it wasn’t without its rewards. COVID acted as a catalyst for the HR function, transforming it from policy maker to strategic business partner.
In that vein, HRD recently looked into the Most Innovative HR Teams of 2023- searching for the best of the best across Canada. In our research, we delved into what authentic innovation looks like, assessing how organizations can leverage their internal tools to achieve something greater.
Speaking to HRD, Saudia Satar, senior manager of talent acquisition at one of our winning companies IPEX, revealed that they saw a huge demand throughout the pandemic – something that triggered them to bolster their HR hiring plans.
“As we think about diversity in attracting talent, we also reflect internally to ensure we have our talent acquisition teams located across North America,” Satar says. “This enables us to have a deeper understanding of the communities, culture and market related to the various regions in attracting the right talent.”
Satar added that they enhanced their graduate development strategy, with Fiona Pace, IPEX’s director of talent management, adding that their new model allows new hires to work across several sectors of the organization.
“This way, they know exactly what their colleagues are doing on the front lines and understand the business at its core.”
Read our full report – and glean some exclusive innovation insights – here.