Read this if you are in HR

CityPress - - Voices - SHE­LAGH GOOD­WIN projects@city­press.co.za

Five things HR man­agers don’t need to know any more:

How to “be­come a busi­ness part­ner”. If you aren’t con­tribut­ing fully to your busi­ness team, no amount of call­ing your­self an HR busi­ness part­ner is go­ing to change that.

How to pep­per your re­ports with “MBA speak” from the latest man­age­ment best­seller. Be­ing an HR man­ager is not about daz­zling col­leagues with the latest jar­gon. It’s about lis­ten­ing and speak­ing in a way that’s rel­e­vant and clear.

How to tell peo­ple only what they want to hear. Your duty is not to be nice, but it doesn’t mean you have to be nasty.

How to push pa­per or force your staff. Tech­nol­ogy takes care of this.

How to play “pol­icy po­lice”. If you can’t ex­plain why a rule ex­ists, you should not be ap­ply­ing it. Five ways in which HR will never be the same:

So­cial media has changed re­cruit­ment and forced re­cruit­ment agen­cies to re­view their busi­ness mod­els. The move is to­wards re­cruit­ment, screen­ing and ori­en­ta­tion or de­vel­op­ment ser­vices.

Knowl­edge is power and sev­eral fac­tors have con­verged to put more power in the hands of can­di­dates. Em­ploy­ers can no longer get away with good PR to build their em­ployer brand. Your can­di­dates know the real story.

Big data means we no longer have to rely on habit and in­tu­ition about which ap­proaches work and which don’t. We can tar­get re­cruit­ment ef­forts bet­ter, fo­cus on train­ing that de­liv­ers re­sults and make sure that com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits are re­ally work­ing.

Re­cruit­ment and se­lec­tion have moved online with sites such as Ca­reers24 and LinkedIn. It’s a great time-saver for re­cruiters and in­creases ef­fi­ciency.

South Africa is part of the global tal­ent mar­ket, which means we easily ex­port top tal­ent but strug­gle to im­port skills due to strict visa reg­u­la­tions and un­favourable ex­change rates. While it’s time­con­sum­ing and ex­pen­sive to bring for­eign tal­ent into the coun­try, it’s easy to lose stars to global em­ploy­ers, so en­sure you build a great place to work.

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