HR should be to enrich people’s lives – Humanity Restored

The highest aspiration for HR should be to enrich people’s lives.

Life is too short, and people matter too much to do anything less.

HR could be a catalyst to enrich people’s lives at work. It starts with people being healthy and safe in their organisations. An environment that takes people’s health and well-being seriously benefit businesses, families, societies, and the planet.

It is the right thing to do and makes complete business sense.

HR could stand for Humanity Restored.

It makes overwhelming business sense to do things in an ethical and responsible manner and to truly care about people. Kindness and caring about fellow human beings is the hallmark of great leadership.

New possibilities and opportunities are here for HR to embrace.

Too much HR work remains rooted in process, policy, and punishment. It is often bogged down with outdated, slow and reactive work.

HR cannot survive in the role of internal ‘organisational police’. There is no future in rule enforcement, where HR ends up in perpetual firefighting of people’s problems.

The world has moved rapidly, and people’s expectations regarding their experience at work are changing. The desire for more autonomy and flexibility is here to stay. HR needs to adapt, with bravery, purpose, focus, drive, and positive intent.

People spend most of their lives at work. The boundaries between work and the rest of our lives are more blurred. This brings huge opportunities for organisations to embrace. It’s exciting to be at the apex of positive change.

Organisations are no longer places where people simply go to work to do a job but are spaces and networked learning communities to facilitate personal growth and development. It begins with seeing organisations as places of continuous learning.

HR needs to focus on delivering a great, human-centric workplace culture and impact. A bold vision means seeing the whole person. It means HR driving personalisation and commercial results. Without delivering sustainable financial returns, organisations cannot win in the marketplace. A sustainable financial future is essential so that organisations can generate more opportunities for people. Success feeds success.

HR could play the role of an ‘organisational coach’ to inspire and promote such a culture. It would be transformative. Without changes in behaviour, especially from leaders, we cannot cultivate the healthy, performance and learning-driven cultures that set our organisations up for success.

Vast numbers of people around the world are part of an organisation in some way. We need to tap into this opportunity and shift to a mindset which truly values and cares about every single person. We need a new leadership mentality that enables businesses to become a powerful force for good in the world.

We need a bold and brave vision for the future. Apex HR would love to hear your thoughts.

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#peoplearethebusiness #peoplefirstculture #hr #inspiration

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At Apex HR, we believe in challenging the status quo when it comes to people at work. Outdated HR thinking and methods just won’t cut it in a rapidly changing and dynamic world. It is time for a new approach.