Technology has transformed the way in which Human Resources manage and communicate information. Paper-based personnel files and horrendous excel spreadsheets to manage leave are becoming a thing of the past and most sensible Employers are investing in software such as OneHR (sorry, I couldn’t resist the plug).
7. EMPLOYEE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
This decade has seen the rise of technology-enabled opportunities for training, employee development, and training meetings and seminars. Podcasts, teleseminars, online learning and webinars all provide employee development opportunities.
8.TOO MUCH BUREAUCRACY?
Have the government gone too far over the last decade? Are Employers now expected to have a degree in Employment law as well as run their own business? The past 10 years have provided copious amounts of changes to the law. On the whole, most have been more favourable to the employee.
9. RISE AND FALL OF THE ‘NO WIN NO FEE’ EMPLOYMENT LAWYER
Unfortunately the increase in Employment Tribunal compensation claim limits led to abuse of the process and a ridiculous increase in vexatious claims. Genuine claims became questionable to the employer and businesses were being held to commercial ransom by such firms. The introduction of tribunal fees in 2013 and the continued tightening of the tribunal system is slowly starting to see a demise in such vexatious claims and employers having more confidence to dismiss employees that under-perform or conduct themselves inappropriately.
10. TOTAL REWARDS SYSTEMS/WELL-BEING INITIATIVES
Following on from point 2, many Employers have struggled to increase salaries or enhance packages. Businesses are now starting to think ‘outside the box’ and look for innovative ways to engage and retain talent. Many Employers are striving to promote health and wellbeing within the workplace. This has been well received by most employees who genuinely feel valued by the business that they work for.
I could go on about my thoughts on what the next 10 years will bring, but I’ve ran out of space! As business owners we face challenging times, but for those of us who look towards this with optimism, we have a good generation to take us forward. For those businesses that do not think outside the box and do not embrace the change……. I think it is time for you to retire.