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Today, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts are de rigueur for almost all organisations. Executives understand that their organisations can’t be successful on a global platform if they don’t have a DEI workforce. A DEI workforce is necessary to drive innovation, foster creativity, and guide organisational strategies. Multiple voices lead to new ideas, new services, and new products, and encourage out-of-the box thinking. Organisations no longer view DEI efforts as separate from their other business practices, and recognise that a DEI work-force can differentiate them from their competitors and can help capture new clients.
The best way to deal with uncertainty is to embrace the fact that it’s here to stay indefinitely (unless AI becomes smart enough to predict the future!). Leaders should consider reevaluating their current operating models, in light of this uncertainty. If you haven’t yet, scenario planning is a practice you may want to start incorporating into your strategic approach.
If you start planning for future scenarios now, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them when they eventually arrive. We can’t predict the future, but we can make ourselves future-proof.
Employee engagement is said to be one of the 4 biggest challenges for the HR function. It is so mainly because a disengaged workforce can be detrimental to the growth and success of an organisation, hence a lot of emphasis and effort is put towards ensuring that work environments enable and empower employees to be fully engaged.
HR leaders have significant human resource challenges ahead of them, but they also have opportunities for redefining the HR function. Finding innovative solutions to HR challenges encourages collaboration with other business leaders. HR challenges are not in isolation, they are linked with greater changes to the business model and operations.
In June 2022, the South African Women's soccer team won their first Women's Africa Cup of Nations. When one of the players was interviewed, she stated, “This was our goal. We as a team decided this is where we want to be, and we want to win it for South Africa." This response certainly highlights one of the attributes of high performing teams. High performing teams however do not exist outside the culture and the environment in which they operate. Organisations need to create environments that cultivate high performance.
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