HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Another holiday season is behind us (hope you enjoyed a great one!) and another full year is in front of us. In addition to new year's resolutions, there is no shortage of predictions for what will happen in 2015, including HR predictions.
I have my own thoughts regarding how HR will change and how it will impact business. So, for my first blog entry of the new year, here is my bold 2015 prediction for HR:
Nothing will change.
How’s that for an out-on-the-limb prediction? I believe HR will continue doing the same things it did in 2014. We’ll hire the same way. We’ll develop people the same way. We’ll engage employees the same way.
What’s worse is we hired, developed, and engaged in 2014 the same way we did in 2013. And I’m willing to bet that 2013 wasn’t much different than 2012.
Why do I say this? Well, let’s compare 2015 prophesies with some past predictions surrounding HR.
2013: HR Transformation Will Focus on a New Model for HR
2014: HR Function Will Be Redesigned and Reskilled
2015: HR Organizational Structure Will Change & HR Involvement Will Increase
So we’ve talked about transforming HR for at least three years but little has changed. What about specific HR processes such as employee engagement? According to yearly predictions, we’re not making much progress here either.
2013: Employee Engagement Will Be Considered a Vital Part of Talent Management
2014: Redefine Engagement: Focus on Passion and the Holistic Work Environment
2015: “Employee Engagement” Finds Footing
That “sameness” trend also applies to Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Talent Development. While we’ve heard those buzzwords for several years now, they really are nothing more than Recruiting and Training. If you consider turning those two HR processes into three buzzwords progress, then I guess things do change!
I hope my 2015 prediction is a bust! I hope this is the year Employee Engagement truly does find its footing. I hope organizations truly start hiring, developing, and managing talent rather than asking potential employees to throw their resume into that deep, dark automated tracking system hole in chase of that long, experienced-defined job description.
As the saying goes, only time will tell.
Darren K. Ford
I've enjoyed a great career. Worked in many different industries with great coworkers and customers. I talk to a lot of people while drinking a lot of coffee. I read constantly. From all of this, I have much to say.