The ushering in of the millennium brought forth a number of new changes for the workplace. Technological advances, more accountability for companies and management, and a need to foster an inclusive, yet positive company culture for all. Many companies are looking ahead to building more than just a business: they are looking for a way to have an impact on employees, customers, and society as a whole. With HR being an integral part of every employee’s wellbeing, it pays to have a team of individuals that will be able to lead, develop and instill a culture that is optimal for success.

1)      Leadership

A strategic HR team is one that has support from executive leadership when lobbying for change. From transactional/administrative tasks, to offering insight to the leadership team, HR can help companies’ better focus on strategies that will benefit the organization as a whole. The days of leaving HR to handle “only personnel issues” is long gone. Involving HR representatives in strategic planning is now embraced and encouraged in this forward thinking society.


2.      Culture

HR should be a catalyst for change, and a company’s culture is no exception to this. Start by developing a mission statement that is believed and valued by every employee. This fosters a culture of engagement and opens the door to feedback. Employees that are involved and heard will develop a sense of loyalty in knowing they are part of the bigger picture.


3.      Development

Employee development should be an ongoing process initiated by HR and management. Every employee wants to know they are worth the investment, and a development plan can reiterate this thought. Focus on enhancing employees’ skills and abilities to communicate that everyone is a valued individual in the organization.