HR expert Lars Schmidt says his profession needs a paradigm shift. He argues for an employee-first approach – one grounded in empathy and psychological safety. While Schmidt’s vision is not new, he does make a compelling, vital and refreshing case for building a humanistic company culture grounded in learning and coaching – while at the same time not shying away from using advanced people analytics and AI to achieve your organizational goals.
Companies that don’t put people first are cracking.
Nearly every economic, financial, political and business challenge companies face is currently about people. The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear: Companies that refuse to put their employees first will suffer the most. In response, modern HR must attune to people and organizational needs more than ever, while stepping away from a compliance-driven, transactional mind-set.
To make this transformation, HR leaders must develop a broad and deep knowledge of not only the myriad facets of their own field – diversity and inclusion, analytics, performance reviews, compensation, coaching, employee development, and more – but the wider business and societal trends that shape it.
Possess a deep knowledge of your company – and the industrial, sociopolitical and economic trends that guide it.
Today’s forward-thinking HR leaders – Chief People Officers (CPO) or Chief Human Resources Officers (CHRO) – understand the business, industry and sociopolitical trends that shape them. They partner with business leaders to push...