the new contract between employer and employee

24 april 2017

At HRbuilders we are committed to connecting great HR people, providing you with valuable curated content and helping you as an HR professional to stay ahead of the curve. It is also our mission to shake things up in the in the sector of Human Resources and to look into the new ways of working in game changing companies in Belgium and abroad.

In this week’s edition of #ConnectWithContent, it’s all about the employee experience, one of the 10 central HR themes in 2017 according to the Deloitte global human capital trends report. May 8th the employee experience will also be the central topic of our monthly HRbuilders workshop that we offer for our HR freelance community.

  • Want to learn more about the employee experience? Be sure to read on.
  • Are you a seasoned HR freelancer and not part of our freelance community yet? Feel free to reach out to us, as we get our kicks out of building freelance careers and we want to get to know you in order to connect you to the most challenging assignments in Belgium and abroad.


The employee experience: culture, engagement and beyond

Looking across all 10 trends in this year’s edition of the Deloitte global human capital trends report, the employee experience will clearly be a central theme in 2017. Leadership, organization structure, learning, career mobility, diversity, employer branding and all HR services will all effect the employee’s experience.

Rather than to focus narrowly on employee engagement and culture, organizations are developing a more integrated focus on the entire employee experience and HR is discovering new approaches such as design thinking and employee journey maps.

A productive and positive employee experience has emerged as the new contract between employer and employee.

Just as marketing has moved beyond customer satisfaction towards the complete customer experience, HR is also trying to understand and continuously improve the complete employee experience.

And this comes with a challenge!

  • Because employee experience has not been made a priority yet for HR leaders,
  • companies have created a c-suite role, though they havent yet assigned responsibility to a team to design and actually deliver employee experience,
  • Isolated HR departments are not able to obtain the resources needed to address an integrated set of priorities
  • and companies are not continuously updating their tools to engage employees.

As organizations are shifting towards a networked and team-based structure, the employee experience is also becoming more complex. People now have multiple roles with multiple managers.

Companies need a new approach, that builds on the foundation of culture and engagement with focus on the employee experience holistically because the employee looks at everything that happens at work as an integrated experience that impacts daily life in and also outside the workplace.

HR and business leaders face both the demand and the opportunity to rethink roles, structures, tools and strategy.

Read the whole article here - you can download the complete report via this link.


How HR Hackathons Can Improve the Employee Experience

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of an HR hackathon, the idea is similar to a traditional hackathon: People from HR and other areas of a business get together and think of ways to make HR better. LinkedIn and Cisco are considered to be pioneers in taking this fresh approach to improving the HR function.

The author of this article shares his key takeaways on what he’s learned about the value of HR hackatons:

  • it’s about people
  • it’s about speed
  • it’s about improvement
  • it’s about the end user

Read the whole article here.

10 steps to a great Employee Experience

In order to attract and retain great talent, organizations have to focus more on the employee experience: creating an inspiring environment in which people can excel. It is key not to see people as interchangeable parts. Instead they should be respected and seen as a key part of the organization’s success. In this article Sara Coene shares with us how to set up a great employee experience in your organisation:

  1. Define your focus by using the Employee Life Cycle
  2. Form cross-functional teams
  3. Map the Employee Journey(s)
  4. Design the desired Employee Experience
  5. Define the main challenges
  6. Solve your challenges
  7. Prototype & Test Solutions
  8. Implement new concepts
  9. Learn what works and what doesn't
  10. Continuously Improve your solutions

Read the whole article here

PS: Sara wrote a lot of interesting articles on employee experience and on design thinking in HR, be sure to read why HR is embracing design thinking.

Want to learn more about Employee Experience?

HRbuilders hosts Sara Coene May 8th for our monthly HRbuilders workshop, exclusively for our HR freelance community.

>> Are you a freelancer and do you want to get to know HRbuilders and join this workshop, feel free to reach out to us, looking forward to welcoming you in our network!

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