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As new generations are entering the workforce, they inject businesses with a burst of innovative thoughts that comes from fresh perspective. This contemporary workforce also brings with them a different set of preferences as they relate to work styles and professional requirements. For the first time in history, five generations coexist in the workplace, all with unique drivers, needs and expectations. As a result, businesses around the globe are experiencing the beginnings of a dramatic upheaval.
Adapting to these fluid workforce dynamics means becoming more nimble to meet these challenges head on. It won’t be easy, and the process will likely touch every area of HR, payroll, and talent management. The rewards, however, are great: your brand will be associated with the future of work. You will become an employer of choice, able to engage current employees and continue to attract and retain top talent. You’ll take full advantage of a wealth of new technologies that can make life better for your people. This adaptation and reorientation to a more nimble, flexible workplace is best encapsulated by the phrase HR Agility.
The first step is taking ownership of cultivating a positive employee experience for a diverse employee base. This is a function that HR has the power to provide by becoming more nimble, innovating whenever possible, and adopting technologies that can simplify the work lives of employees. In fact, 84% of HR professionals agree that their companies need to adapt their HR practices to the expectations of new generations in the workforce. The debate over whether or not this falls under the jurisdiction of HR is over—the only question is which companies will adapt first.