Many articles are written about organizational change. But when the business changes, so does HR. The change might be big or maybe small. But HR changes. Today, instead of talking about how companies manage change, let’s talk about how HR departments manage change (while their company is in transition). Just like individual change isn’t the same as organizational change, department change isn’t always the same as organizational change. Changes that benefit the organization can change the way a department operates. Here are two examples:
Over the next decade, demand for skilled workers will far outpace supply, with the Korn Ferry Institute predicting a global talent shortage of more than 85.2 million people by 2030. That means companies will not only have to fight harder to attract the people they need, but will also have to battle it out to keep the ones they have. In an age where talent is everything, HR—the department responsible for finding and nurturing a company’s human capital—should be viewed as an invaluable resource. Today, however, many organizations don’t see the strategic potential of HR. They consider it a cost center—one they can’t live without, but a cost center nonetheless.
Wolters Kluwer is no stranger to reinventing itself. Over the past 183 years, the company has tackled everything from publishing to digital software, and today helps banks and insurance companies with their compliance and regulatory needs. Its new global HR transformation strategy is only the latest in a long line of large-scale changes that have helped the firm survive—and thrive—for so long.
Sometimes, HR transformation isn’t just beneficial—it’s essential. But how do you overhaul HR at a global company without plunging the workforce into chaos? That was the topic of conversation between PeopleDoc and Sherry Knaszak, VP of HR Transformation at Avis Budget Group, in the enlightening SHRM webinar, From Paper to People: HR Transformation at Avis Budget Group.
By now, you’d be hard pressed to find an HR leader who dismisses the urgency around transformation. According to research by KPMG, 70% of HR executives recognize the need for workforce transformation—but the same study also showed that only 37% of executives feel “very confident” about HR’s actual ability to transform. It's understandable. Completely upheaving processes, tools and job responsibilities is a complicated, precarious project (but it can be done). To gain some perspective on the thorny aspects of HR transformation, I sat down with Rémi Malenfant, HR4HR Enablement Partner at PeopleDoc. He works with HR leaders on their transformation strategies by drawing on more than a decade of experience as both a practitioner and change consultant. Read what he had to say about some common HR transformation challenges (or scroll down to watch the video):
Paper HR forms are certainly not convenient or efficient—anyone can agree to that. But did you ever consider them an impediment to employee safety? This was the case for Michelle Morris, Director, HR Payroll and Administration at Total American Services, when a pivotal event led her to proclaim, “That’s enough of paper forms.”
In 2015, the HR department at Avis Budget group embarked on a major transformation journey. Among globalizing their operations and implementing a core HR system, they set up shared service centers. The goal was to free up their HR resources in the field so they could spend less time on administrative work and more time on strategic initiatives and employee engagement. This kind of shift is the cornerstone of transformational HR. In this video, hear from Sherry Knaszak, VP of HR Transformation and HRIS, Avis Budget Group, on why she chose PeopleDoc’s technology to get the shared service centers functional.