Great that probably leads on to our final
question, which we ask everyone on the show and it’d be interesting to hear your perspective
on this coming from your background as well. What do you believe the future role of HR
will be in 2025? Well, that’s really up to us in HR, isn’t
it? Good answer.
We really have to decide do we truly want to be strategic partners to the business?
As I said, we’ve been saying this for 30 plus years. So what are we going to do to actually
be that? So I think HR executives and HR professionals are going to have to become much more numerically
and analytically focused. I’d love to see HR programs really emphasise
analytics and it doesn’t have to be calculus and heavy statistics, but numbers-based decision
making. How do you interpret numbers? How do you feel comfortable with numbers? How
do you figure out how do I solve this particular problem or how do I get answers about this?
So if we really want to become those strategic business partners, it has to be based on facts
and data. Leadership live in the world of numbers and data and analysis. And if we want
to play in that space we have to be the same and that’s what really gives power to the
work that human resources does. It’s not someone’s opinion. It’s not someone’s whim. It’s not
the latest trend. But it’s what the numbers are telling us which puts us on par with research
and development functions, with accounting functions, with marketing functions. We have
to have the facts and data. We can choose to go in that direction or we can choose to
stay in the space of what’s new, what’s different, what’s trendy? But I hope we make the choice
as an HR function to really focus on analytics and the use of data and helping us make decisions.
And that’s coupled with the business acumen that you mentioned right at the outset of
our discussion really, you really emphasised the importance of understanding the business.
If we’ve got the data and analytics as well. I guess that gives us the happy marriage there.
It does. We have to be able to talk the language of the business, to see the world the way
senior leaders do, and supplement that, influence them with what we know about people within
the organisation. It’s all about influencing their thinking, influencing their direction
and helping them lead the organisation successfully. Sarah thank you very much for being on the
show. Last thing. How can people stay in touch with you and also find out more about Perceptyx?
So we love to have people learn about Perceptyx. You can certainly visit our website which
is perceptyx.com. You can follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter or handle is @perceptyx.
Nice and easy. Yes. We are a frequent visitor to lots of
conferences. So PAFOW, UNLEASH, other conferences. So please come and see us and reach out.
Sarah. Thank you very much for being on the show.
My pleasure. Thank you, David. Thank you for having me.