For HR to create a business-wide environment of innovation, the department should be prepared to lead by example – providing an HR service, which in itself could be described as ‘creative’ at the very least.
Leveraging today’s HR technology to automate processes and deliver self-service will prove a smart step in HR innovation, showcasing HR’s own commitment to improvement while also helping employees find more time to dedicate to innovation. It is very important to understanding innovation in HR management.
Likewise, by harnessing advanced analytical tools to increase HR’s strategic input at the boardroom level, you can champion the concept of adding value beyond your own department.
HR can develop a culture of innovation in the following ways:
- Alongside your new technology, you’ll also want to find other creative and interesting ways to engage and motivate the workforce.
- The development of innovative wellbeing and reward programmes can be important in this pursuit, again encouraging invention in the workplace at the same time as displaying it from within.
- Design an incentive scheme that specifically recognises and rewards new ideas, and staff will naturally be more inclined to share their initiatives.
- Empowering and encouraging employees to express their views is fundamental for a business focused on innovation.
- HR and senior teams should respond promptly and positively to any new ideas, and where there’s potential to take things further, help set in motion the steps required to follow the idea through.
- Bringing naturally inquisitive, creative minds on board goes hand-in-hand with the development of an open and collaborative working environment. So, revisit your recruitment methods to ensure these traits are being recognised.
In today’s rapidly evolving business environment, innovation has become a core capability for any successful organisation. The good news is, there’s every chance that innovators already exist within your business. It’s therefore up to HR to encourage and empower these creative thinkers to be heard, creating a work environment that acts as a breeding ground for ideas.