Glossary
Essential terms used by HR and their meanings.

Agility & Resilience


Agility and resilience are integral concepts in today's dynamic and ever-changing business landscape. For the HR team, this means strategies and processes must be fit-for-purpose in and agile workplace and ensure there is resilience across the workforce.

What is Agility in HR

Agility in HR pertains to an organisation's capacity to swiftly adapt to external and internal changes, whether they be market shifts, technological advancements, or unforeseen crises. In the HR function, this translates to the ability to efficiently respond to shifts in workforce demands and priorities.

  • Talent Flexibility - HR teams need to ensure that their workforce can easily adapt to meet evolving business needs. This may involve cross-training employees, implementing flexible work arrangements, or swiftly acquiring new talent when required.

  • Agile Processes - HR processes and procedures must be designed to accommodate change. This means exploring ways to streamline things like onboarding procedures and creating adaptable and scalable performance management frameworks.

  • Data-Driven Decision-Making - Access to real-time data is needed to inform agile HR decisions. By understanding workforce metrics and collecting accurate data, HR can make vital adjustments to strategy promptly.

  • Change Management - HR professionals play a pivotal role in managing organizational change. This involves providing guidance and support to employees during transitions, which can help maintain morale and productivity.

What is Resilience in HR

Resilience in HR relates to the functions contribution to the ability to withstand and recover from challenges and adversities. This encompasses the wellbeing of employees and the whole of the organisation.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing - HR's focus on resilience includes nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of employees. This involves initiatives to manage workplace stress, provide emotional support, and cultivating a supportive workplace culture and environment.

  • Crisis Management - HR is instrumental in preparing for and responding to crises, such as natural disasters, financial downturns, or public health emergencies. Developing HR organisational resilience involves having contingency plans, emergency response protocols, and the mindset to swiftly adapt to unexpected disruptions.

  • Learning and Development - Proactively investing in employee learning and development can mitigate risks of skills shortages or gaps developing, adding to the workforce resilience. HR can support this by offering training programmes that improve employee skills, competencies, and adaptability.

  • Succession Planning - Part of HR's role in building resilience is developing a strong leadership pipeline within the organization. This ensures continuity and effective decision-making during challenging times.


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Why Agility & Resilience is Important to HR

  • Strategic Workforce Planning – HR embraces agility and resilience as part of strategic workforce planning. HR professionals must continuously monitor and anticipate changes in workforce needs, both immediate and long-term.

  • Employee Engagement - These concepts directly impact employee engagement. A flexible, resilient organisation fosters a sense of security and trust among employees, which is a building block for higher job satisfaction and commitment.

  • Talent Acquisition and Retention - An agile HR function can rapidly identify and attract the right talent when needed. Resilience ensures that the organisation retains its talent during tough times.

  • Legal and Ethical Compliance - HR must be adaptable to evolving legal and ethical standards. This includes issues related to diversity, inclusion, health & safety, as well as data protection and privacy.

In summary, HR needs to adopt an approach that incorporates agility and resilience as vital considerations for navigating today's rapidly changing business environment. HR professionals play a strategic role in adapting to shifts in the workplace, fostering resilience in the face of challenges, and positioning the organisation for long-term success. These concepts are not just buzzwords but essential strategies for modern HR to meet the dynamic demands of business landscape now and in the future.

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