If it feels like expectations on you and your team are evolving rapidly, you might just be right. New research from Sage has highlighted key changes the HR function has undergone during the pandemic. From shifting priorities to bigger workloads, we look at some of the top takeaways.

The challenges of the past year have made it the most difficult of many people’s working lives, and HR is no exception. The pressure to keep pace with an uncertain economic climate and adapt to changing priorities, while faced with an increased workload, has left many in the function yet to catch a breath. 

Upskilling at pace with the changing world of work could give you the competitive edge needed to level up from middle management to top leadership material. So are you doing enough to grow your expertise and future-proof your career?

In this short read, in partnership with online educators Learna, we look at five learning trends that could help shape your career development – from virtual training to today’s more accessible MBAs.

Getting bogged down in admin is the undoing of every great people manager. Specialised HR systems are often touted as the answer; but can they really make working life easier for you, and better for every employee you support? Is it worth rolling out new tech, at a time when your workforce has already been through so much upheaval? And can a software package honestly help you manage people issues like a human being, rather than a robot? 

If you’re considering automating more of your people processes, but wondering whether it’s truly worthwhile, you’re in the right place. In this short read, written in partnership with Softworks, we look at the real, human ways that HR software can positively benefit you and your workforce, and get the inside story from organisations that have tried and tested the tech.

Instant tour of SAP SuccessFactors: Product spotlight

What is it about SAP SuccessFactors that makes it a compelling HR software option? Phil Southall gave People Management's Edward Craig a quick 10-minute tour of the platform – and discussed how it scales easily for any size organisation and how the brilliant mobile app allows you to complete HR tasks on the go, frankly, what all employees demand these days.

If you want to "get your workforce ready for tomorrow by understanding the talent you have today" – you need to take a look.

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    Phil Southall Solutions Architect SuccessFactors & HR, Edenhouse, part of Accenture
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    Edward Craig Head of Content Labs, People Management (Host)

The global pandemic brought disruptions to the usual patterns of working for most. How can HR help to create new ways of working that benefit both employees and employers? How can employees achieve a good work-life balance and feel strongly connected to their teams? 

In this short read, produced in partnership with Winningtemp, we explore what the future of post-pandemic working life may look like, in discussion with HR and employee wellness talking heads. Find why transparency, two-way communication and kindness are set to play a bigger role than ever in future workplaces across all industries.

The dramatic shift to home working over the past year is the biggest upheaval in working patterns we’ve seen since the Second World War. Managing your talent effectively, wherever they are working, will be more important than ever as we look ahead to the post-pandemic future. Download this infographic and discover the key findings from our expert report, produced in partnership with SAP – including why talent management has never been so important, and the steps you can take now to improve in this area.
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