10 Assignments for Human Resources Managers to Develop Future Skills

10 Assignments for Human Resources Managers to Develop Future Skills

Digital transformation together with the rise of A.I tools for HR has put tremendous pressure on organizations to change the way they operate. To kickstart skilling efforts in the organization, CEOs know that resilience and capacity to innovate are deeply rooted in the company’s human resources. As a matter of fact, the HR function is at the forefront of digital disruption. Your ability to build a skilled HR department is instrumental to make your organization future ready.

In this short article, we will explore 10 SMART ways C-Level and Directors can make sure their HR Managers are being stretched in a good way, exploring projects that will strategically fit the company’s long-term growth and resilience to change.

Let’s get started!

1. Present a digital transformation strategy to top management

Competency developed: Digital transformation

Objective: Own the topic of digital transformation within your company.

Explanation: Yes, strategy! Ultimately digital transformation is about people skills and the ability to evolve in a digital environment. HR managers should be at the center of the conversation to understand future needs, analyze current gaps and design a plan.

Tips: Read literature on the topic. Collect feedback from experts or peers leading the same topic within their organizations. WORK WITH IT.

2. Create and present a new dashboard to CHRO including key metrics and qualitative analysis

Competency developed: People Analytics

Objective: Analyse your company’s HR performance and contribute to business success.

Explanation: Has your company a clear vision on its HR performance? Make advantage of latest HR systems and Business Intelligence tools available to connect the dots. Measure actionable indicators and present them to management.

Tips: Collect expectations from CHRO and top management. Does your company already have a dashboard in place? Start collecting feedback from the current dashboard and try to connect new data points to provide new insights Collaborate with IT to learn how to structure and visualize data!

3. Make 5-year manpower plan aligned to business targets and present to top management

Competency developed: Strategic workforce planning

Objective: Plan the human side of your company strategy so it can meet its turnover, profitability or sustainability targets.

Explanation: How workforce will be utilized in the future? How to attract and develop necessary skills. You’ll need more than one meeting to produce such a plan.

Tips: Make sure you collect the most relevant business targets to get a clear vision of the 5-year objectives and gaps. Meet with the business line managers, top management and collect market data to validate assumptions.

4. Highlight the company’s top 5 turnover reasons with an action plan to top management.

Competency developed: Business partnering

Objective: Develop your HR Managers to become real Business partner.

Explanation: From the back seat to the front seat. HR managers are not only responsible for collecting data, but also to strategize an action plan.

Tips: This stretch assignment is better utilized during the yearly budgeting period when managers are expected to summarize data and action plans.

5. Ask HR Manager to personally train all managers on how to make Individual development plans

Competency developed: Career development planning

Objective: Boost your organization career development culture and processes.

Explanation: It is true that HR managers do not own the career development paths of all employees, Line Managers do. On the other hand, HR Managers are responsible for talent management process, making sure high potential employees are identified and that provided career paths match the organization’s long-term goals. This assignment will boost the HR Manager’s influencing skills while putting employee retention clearly at the centre of the conversation.

Tips: This stretch assignment is better implemented with different workshops 5-7 managers maximum. Ultimately, HR Manager shall control the quality of each Individual Development Plan (IDP) formalized. It is possible to imagine one on one sessions with managers failing to pass the IDP quality control.

6. Rethink your company’s benefit package and implement one innovative benefit in line with the new workplace reality

Competency developed: Compensation & Benefits management

Objective: Make your company compatible with 2020 new workplace expectations.

Explanation: Disrupted times call for bold measures and flexibility has just become every employee’s number one priority. HR managers must be creative and offer to top management solutions that will guarantee performance while fitting the employee’s expectation of the new normal.

Tips: You do not need to think money when thinking benefit. A good place to start to ensure creativity would be to run a survey. For example, what does work from home implies for your employees, or top management? Try to know more about those changes, and how does the company can help.

7. Apply reverse mentoring within your team during monthly one on one sessions

Competency developed: People Management

Objective: Become a more balanced leader, get a deeper understanding of the motivations of younger employees and get up-to-date with digital tools.

Explanation: The odds are your HR Manager is a bit older than the team he/she manages. Organize ways to collect constructive feedback about your leadership and use them to improve. Subordinates can offer a wealth of feedback and guidance (digital tools!).

Tips: Reverse mentoring is hard, but the benefits on leadership skills can be huge. Do come with an open mind. During the meeting, let subordinates talk most of the time. Receive their feedback with a smile and spare some time to study their deeper meaning.

8. Redesign the performance management system to make it a continuous process.

Competency developed: Continuous performance management

Objective: Retain and develop talents.

Explanation: Spoiler alert! Feedback is not a “twice-a-year” thing anymore and one should not wait 6 months to get a meaningful conversation about performance with its boss. To cope with new expectations of the workforce, it is critical companies rethink the way they manage and record employee performance.

Advice: Implement a culture of feedback by enforcing regular one-on-ones once per month. Turn to automated dashboards to measure competency development progress, KPIs, and deviations.

9. Link learning and development activities to OKRs and competencies listed in your performance management system

Competency developed: Continuous performance management

Objective: Get ROI from learning activities offered to employees.

Explanation: Whether your organization uses OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) or KPIs & competencies, make sure learning activities are linked with performance outputs. Follow-up implementation on a monthly basis using one on ones.

Advice: Diversify learning and apply the 70/20/10 approach: Active Learning, Social Learning, and Stretch assignments.

10. Rethink the organization’s HRTech stack and leverage the benefits of automation and A.I across the organization

Competency developed: HR Systems 

Objective: Improve the organization’s user experience for both internal employees as well as external stakeholders such as candidates 

Explanation: The adoption of A.I and digital tools is revolutionalizing jobs and is producing value for HR professionals. 

Here are some examples of what A.I tools can do to support the organizations: 

-       Automate company policy Q&A through the use of internal chatbots

-       Identify discriminatory practices in job descriptions and/or other internal documents 

-       Refresh job requirements with better-written job descriptions / external job advertisements 

-        Suggest training content and dedicated learning curricula according to the category, and competency level of your staff 

-       Better screen candidate’s information such as CVs in order to make better hiring decisions.

Advice: Start with the output you want to reach first before investing and present a concrete use case to your CEO. To do so, you may try free HR tools powered by A.I such as Huneety

Do you agree with those suggestions? Do they sound challenging enough to develop long-term skills? Or on the contrary too difficult? Are you an HR Manager willing to develop future-proof skills or a CEO that wants to impulse change in the organization? 

About Huneety 

Huneety is a Southeast Asia Talent sourcing platform connecting talents to opportunities. We help organizations navigate talent shortages by creating new talent pools of qualified applicants. With Huneety you can quickly find, assess, and select the right talents according to your unique skills, behaviors, and cultural fit requirements. 



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