Top five HR game changers in 2016

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CHENNAI: Attracting the best talent with critical skills, retaining them and enhancing workforce productivity are the top three human resource challenges that organizations in India anticipate, according to 54% of the respondents of the HR Game Changers 2016 survey, which was conducted by Randstad India.
The HR Game Changers survey findings also offer an overview of the top 13 workplace trends that are likely to define HR landscape in India in 2016. According to the survey results, a majority of HR leaders in India feel that HR ‘needs’ to be aligned with business and ranked this as the top HR Game Changer for 2016.
The findings of the survey are based on the feedback and outlook of almost 500 HR leaders from cross industry verticals. The top 5 HR Game Changers that are expected to prevail in 2016 are the following.
HR ‘needs’ to be aligned with business
40% of the HR leaders surveyed in India ranked greater alignment of HR with business as the top HR Game Changer of 2016.The respondents feel that this is the need of the hour and also agree that over the years, HR has progressed from being a mere support function towards playing a more strategic role of being the ‘business partner.’
Multi-generational workforce management
According to 35% of the HR leaders surveyed in India, managing the expectations and aspirations of a multi-generational workforce is the second most important HR Game Changer of 2016. The survey respondents feel that specific strategies geared towards different generations are critical to optimise organizational cohesion.
A vast majority of the respondents also mentioned that today’s multi-generational workforce come with significantly diverse needs and demands pertaining to communication, use of technology, expectations from the employer etc. and meeting their aspirations and expectations is directly linked to top talent retention as well.
Innovation and risk-taking culture to become prevalent
34% of the survey respondents mentioned that fostering a culture that empowers employees to take risks and drive innovation is going to be the third biggest HR Game Changer of 2016. A majority of the survey respondents felt that for organizations to create the desired market impact and to differentiate itself from the competitors, it has become vital for HR to drive a culture of innovation and risk preparedness within the organizational talent framework, especially in context of the start-up boom flourishing in the country.
Nurturing and developing leaders is a necessity
34% of HR leaders surveyed said building a leadership pipeline is an imperative and ranked this as the fourth biggest HR Game Changer of 2016. The respondents felt that internal succession planning and cultivation of a sustainable talent pipeline of future leaders at all levels is a key competitive advantage for organizations and this will aid effective change management as well.
Evolution of performance management systems imminent
28% of HR leaders surveyed in India said that Performance Management systems will undergo a significant & structural change and ranked this as the fifth most important HR Game Changer of 2016. A majority of the survey respondents felt that of late, with top companies announcing their intent to shift away from the bell curve-based performance appraisal system, this topic has come back into the limelight.