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The Evolving Role of HR Professionals

August 12th, 2011

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The role of Human Resource professionals has been steadily evolving over the course of the last century. Shifting from the antiquated “personnel” department to “human resources” has in and of itself transformed the way that companies see the human element. This change has come about as a result of improved employment laws, improved working conditions and economical challenges that have rocked all industries. Thus, the job of the average HR person has also had to change to keep up with the demands of organizations on many levels.

When you ask the HR professional of today to define his or her role within the company, you’ll generally get a variety of answers. It seems that human resources has many responsibilities that adapt for different types of industries and organizations. While HR professionals are still fighting to be seen as strategic partners in the meeting rooms of many companies, their value has risen in the eyes of company leaders. Now seen as a true resource, HR officers work in tandem with department managers and decision makers to forge the workplace of the future.

With the wave of economic challenges that the United States and many other developed nations have experienced in the last few years, HR professionals have been forced to evolve in many unexpected ways. Instead of just handling routine employment duties, HR personnel are now also handling the heavy burden of recruiting, training and developing employees in as safe a workplace as possible. In the past, HR professionals were asked to specialize in one area of this realm, but today the best HR people are generalists who have the ability to handle any and all area of human resources.

It’s a given that HR professionals must stay on top of hiring and employment laws, which change frequently. But in the last decade, human resources professionals have also been required to track with greater detail every aspect of these processes. From screening candidates thoroughly with I-9 Homeland Security guidelines, to overseeing entire employee wellness programs, the HR person of this time has to be in all places at once. The traditional hierarchy of the HR department is also evolving, with teams of equally-responsible officers representing all facets of corporate life.

As an HR professional, your role will continue to evolve as new and more advanced technology permeates the workplace in years to come. You may be managing a more remote workforce in all corners of the earth, or you may be conducting live training sessions via Skype. Wait, you are doing this now! Whatever the future holds for human resources, be ready to face the challenges of life as an HR professional through continual education and networking to stay ahead of the trends.

Prepare for the future as an HR professional when you contact The Concorde Group for recruiting, payroll and staffing needs!

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