I Believe In Evidence-Based HR

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR because it fundamentally helps make better decisions. It supports practitioners with defining complex problems and allows a method to help identify possible solutions that are more likely to work than non evidence-based solutions.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR because organisations demand, and rightly so, a level of accuracy in the work that we do, and an evidence-based approach is a simple yet effective method to improve that level of accuracy in our output.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR because if we are honest with ourselves as a profession, we have over-excelled in being purveyors of fads and fashions, and it has been to the detriment of the businesses we support. Enough is enough.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR because it can create an environment for HR to excel. It is not the enemy of creativity and experimentation that some believe it is, but a mechanism, by which fooling around with stuff can be evaluated usefully for the betterment of the wider HR community. It does not restrain, it empowers. It does not suffocate, it enlightens.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR because evidence is going to be important to the future of work. With the fourth industrial revolution taking hold, and data being described as the ‘new oil’ then this will help inform decision-making in a wide array of areas. Data is a great source of evidence (although it’s only one source) and its accessibility will create opportunity.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR because through its use, it helps us demonstrate a level of maturity and business acumen that will positively influence the credibility, perceived or otherwise, of our profession.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR because as Bob Dylan sang ‘Times they are a-changing’ and HR needs to change too. We have an opportunity to embrace a methodology, a tool and an ethos that can enhance our output, our performance and our value.

I believe evidence-based HR is important to the future of HR and I will help you if you want to know more. I can point you in the direction of free resources to help you understand more, and can make you aware of experts like Rob Briner and Eric Barends who will be only to happy to help you on your journey.

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