As we approach National Superhero Day on April 28, we can’t help but think about the gargantuan role played by Human Resources over the last year. We believe it’s important to recognize HR professionals for what they are – Champions of the People!
The Superheroes of HR
The often small, but mighty, HR department packs a punch. Delivering top talent, employee satisfaction, people analytics, and more, is a tall order. The HR function constantly grows in scope but strong HR leaders can scale business challenges in a single bound.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HR Managers from 2019-2029 will rise by 6%, faster than the average outlook for all occupations (BLS).
The expected growth and transformation is so intense that Harvard Business Review explored the future of the industry, conceptualizing 60 new HR job roles. Included in the research were job titles like HR Data Detective, Future-of-Work Leader, and Distraction Prevention Coach (HBR).
Serving the candidate, employees, and business leaders in their organizations is a top priority of HR professionals and they’re driving meaningful business impact in doing so.
Keepers of Candidate Experience
“Leaders rank attracting and retaining talent as the top concern”, according to PWC. With only 25% of all candidates rating their hiring experience as great (Talent Board), they’re correct.
HR leaders save the day by ensuring every applicant has a positive interaction with their brand. Starting with the careers page, applicants get a strong sense of what it’s like to work for the organization as they move through the hiring process. From the application form to interviewing scheduling, the candidate is evaluating their company as a prospective employer along each step of the process. HR delivers the experiences that keep the top candidates excited about joining the team.
Holistic Human Resource
From talent recruiting to wellness facilitator, HR plays a primary role in the employee experience. The industry is trending towards a more holistic HR model (HR Trend Institute), putting HR professionals in charge of the whole human employed by the organization.
94% of talent professionals surveyed by LinkedIn agreed that employee experience will be very important to the future of recruiting and HR (SHRM).
Tackling onboarding, development, safety, compliance, and more, with skill and grace is the HR superhero’s cup of tea. Pinkies up! As the advocate and protector of the employee and the business, the HR pro is skilled at putting people first and keeping business outcomes in mind so the good folks always win.
Putting employees first means they’ll put customers first, in turn driving business growth. HR is transforming from cost center to profit center. HR professionals are contributing to the business beyond delivering positive employee NPS:
- Supporting organizational goals
- Facilitating change management
- Delivering HR analytics on data-driven decision making
“HR’s opportunity to create value through targeted organization effectiveness initiatives in talent, leadership, organization and HR can now be realized. A portfolio approach to these initiatives will better allocate resources (time, energy, money) to key organization effectiveness priorities.” (Dave Ulrich)
Send out the signal! HR professionals are valued partners in building strong teams, creating a strong company culture, and contributing to company revenue and growth.
Celebrate Their Contributions
We tip our hats to the HR leaders making an impact in their organizations every day. Their value is immense and appreciated by potential new hires, current employees, and business stakeholders alike.
Share your appreciation for the HR heroes in your organization by posting on social media with the hashtag #NationalSuperheroDay, taking your favorite HR professional to lunch, or sending a kind word to them over Slack. It’s a tough job that deserves recognition, so thank you, superhero in the Human Resources department!