Modern HR: Tracing the Profession’s Evolution
The world of human resources is changing. From artificial intelligence to human resources information systems, HR technology is not only revolutionizing the way HR professionals perform their day jobs, but also changing the very nature of that work. Only ten years ago, HR was known unaffectionately as “personnel management.” The department was tasked with mitigating legal risks, overseeing administrative tasks and employee inquiries, and maintaining the office’s ever-growing library of personnel files.
Today’s HR professionals barely resemble their predecessors. With titles ranging from “people analyst” and “chief happiness officer,” it’s clear the profession has evolved to fill a new role, one that involves taking care of an organization's most important resource: people.
How far has the profession come in the last few years? Here’s a side-by-side look at how things used to be and how far “modern HR” has come:
Today, employees are much pickier and discerning about the companies they work for. Flashy perks aren’t enough to get quality candidates through the door and keep them around. To keep up with the changing workplace, HR has evolved to play a more proactive role. Building competitive benefits and compensation packages, fostering open and inclusive cultures, developing eye-catching employer brands, and analyzing people data puts a lot more on HR’s plate, but also helps the company put its best foot forward.
What do the next ten years hold for HR? Thanks to technology, HR professionals have access to more data and analytics than ever before, giving them the insights they need to make strategic business decisions and demonstrate impact.
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