THE IMPORTANCE OF HR IN CHANGE MANAGEMENT
- Jul 31, 2019
Surely you have heard the phrase "accept me as I am, I do not want to change". But are things really that way? How many can be happy with this stance of intransigence and little flexibility? No one says that a couple, parents or a boss have the authority to change who we are, but rather to help us be better and happier, productive, supportive, among others.
We spend a lot of time in the comfort zone and it does not get us anywhere.
As time goes by, we are witnesses of facts that have changed the history of the world we live in, from sociocultural, political, and even unimaginable technological advances that have transformed the way we interact with the world.
This change is inevitable, and if there is something the past has taught us, it is the importance of adapting to change, but it is critical to recognize that this is a challenge for HR professionals.
Today, the best Human Resources leaders not only respond in a timely and effective manner to change, but also go beyond that as agents or evangelizers, guiding employees and the entire organization to adapt to the social and economic challenges of a dynamic market.
What is a change agent?
A change agent takes risks and is open to new ideas, takes on the responsibility of transforming his reality because he is not satisfied with it; is who sees opportunities in problems going beyond limitations, and inspires others to join change. In a society where we face so many challenges, more and better leaders are required to carry the banner of "Agents of Change."
A Human Resources Change Agent should look beyond statistics and organizational charts to facilitate the transformation of the old organizational schemas and business needs. It requires transformational leadership and a commitment to change. Team managers must be attuned to the capabilities of their employees and know how to channel their talents to achieve a positive transformation. This means asking the right questions to leaders so that day-to-day decisions can set and generate the desired behaviors. That is why the Human Resources area is an excellent environment for change agents to emerge. This is due to the fact that the agents of change in Human Resources have a better thermometer of the organization's social and cultural changes, can better predict the need for change, whether in company culture, motivational issues or productivity in the environment of work. They are in a privileged position to promote the changes that Digital Transformation demands from organizations.
According to organizational change specialist Jim Hemerling, we are facing an era of permanent transformation where companies have a constant need to adapt due to globalization, technological advances, among other factors.