Every two weeks we will focus on one 2016 HR trend that our experts cited in the ebook entitled “HR Will Be Agile in 2016!”. Today we’re tackling the trendy yet admittedly tarnished notion of agility. 

As everyone knows, the term agility comes from the development methods invented in IT circa 1980, and since then has been spreading to each and every company department. Agility is thus bound to be the next big thing for HRDs, even though they have often been lagging behind when it comes to implementing new paradigms.

Agility, like digital transformation, has become popular because it empowers individuals and offers a whole new level of flexibility.  By banking on adaptability rather than predictability and favouring empowerment over mechanisation, organisations are enabling individuals to trigger change and innovation. The only way to thrive in the current economy is by providing quick wins while still allowing everyone to focus on the future.

In order to achieve this, HRDs must work hand in hand with the CIO and other operational departments, and rethink the processes that they have been handling for decades. They must provide employees with room for personal growth, redefine rewards and incentives, adjust the way the talent pipelines are sourced etc.

Shifting to Agile is not an easy task. Just tackle one problem at a time and keep in mind that:

  1. Agility is more than flexibility, as it transforms roles, objectives and ambitions of everyone involved,
  2. Agility should not be confused with improvisation, as it requires careful planning and smart management.

If you want to know more about the future of HR, feel free to download the five other 2016 HR trends, as detected by our experts, Alexandre Pachulski, Talentsoft’s CPO, and Yves Loiseau, in charge of Textkernel’s Europe operations.

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