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Most important HR Skills in 2024
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What are the most important HR skills in 2024

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 months ago
  • Author:by Michael O’Brien

In 2024, the HR landscape in Ireland continues its dynamic evolution, shaped by technological advancements, shifting workforce paradigms, and the ever-evolving needs of organisations. Amidst this backdrop, certain skills stand out as indispensable for HR professionals, equipping them to navigate the complexities of modern workplaces and drive sustainable organisational success.

  1. Strategic Business Acumen: HR professionals must transcend traditional roles and align HR strategies with overarching business objectives. A deep understanding of industry dynamics, coupled with strategic foresight, enables HR leaders to position HR as a strategic partner in driving organisational success. It is key for HR to have the financials/commercial value-add narrative when going to the table to influence decision-makers.

  2. Data Analytics and HR Metrics: The ability to harness HR data for strategic decision-making remains paramount. HR professionals must excel in leveraging analytics tools to derive actionable insights, enabling them to make informed decisions that positively impact organisational performance. For instance, focusing on key HR metrics such as consistently maintaining retention rates below industry averages, continuously improving employee engagement rates year after year and ensuring a vacancy rate of less than 5% are instrumental in fostering a vibrant and productive workforce environment.

  3. Digital HR and HR Technology: Proficiency in leveraging digital solutions is non-negotiable. Mastery of HRIS, ATS, and AI-driven recruitment platforms is essential for streamlining processes, enhancing efficiency, and staying competitive in talent acquisition and management. While AI will help inform decisions, people will still need to make the decisions.

    HR professionals in an online HR meeting
  4. Remote Work Management: The prevalence of remote and hybrid work arrangements necessitates adeptness in managing distributed teams. HR professionals must excel in fostering virtual collaboration, maintaining employee engagement, and ensuring productivity amidst remote work setups. With a recent shift to get employees back in the office, careful planning, clear communication, and a willingness to listen to your employees on how it will affect them are key in creating buy-in.

  5. Project/Change Management: As organisations undergo continual transformation, HR professionals must excel in navigating change. Effective communication, coupled with adeptness in change and project management methodologies, enables HR leaders to guide employees through transitions while mitigating resistance and fostering adaptability. At a recent Southern Region CIPD event, it was stated that the Project Management Office (PMO) will become the most important role within the HR function in the coming years if it hasn’t already.

  6. Employer Branding (EVP) and Employee Experience: Cultivating a compelling employer brand remains pivotal in attracting and retaining top talent. HR professionals must prioritise enhancing the employee experience, fostering a positive workplace culture, and championing initiatives that promote employee well-being and satisfaction.

    HR professionals championing diversity
  7. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): In light of the heightened focus on diversity and inclusion, HR professionals must champion DEI initiatives. Implementing inclusive policies, fostering a culture of belonging, and ensuring equitable opportunities for all employees are imperative for fostering an inclusive workplace environment.

  8. Learning and Development (L&D): Given the rapid pace of technological advancements, continuous learning is indispensable. HR professionals should excel in designing and implementing robust training programs, catering to evolving skill requirements and fostering a culture of lifelong learning within organisations.

  9. Legal and Compliance Knowledge: Staying abreast of evolving legal and regulatory landscapes is fundamental. HR professionals must possess in-depth knowledge of employment laws, ensuring organisational practices align with legal standards to mitigate risks and ensure compliance.

  10. Adaptability and Resilience: In an era characterised by volatility and uncertainty, adaptability is a prized attribute. HR professionals must demonstrate resilience, swiftly adapting to changing circumstances and proactively addressing unforeseen challenges to drive organisational resilience.

In summary, the HR function in Ireland in 2024 demands a multifaceted skill set, blending technical proficiency with interpersonal acumen and strategic foresight. By honing these skills, HR professionals can effectively navigate the complexities of the modern workplace, drive meaningful change, and contribute to organisational resilience and success in the digital age.

If you’re a HR professional looking for a new opportunity or a hiring manager looking for support in filling positions within your HR team, reach out to a member of our national HR recruitment team or send us your CV highlighting your HR experience.

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Michael O'Brien, Branch Manager, Collins McNicholas
Michael O'Brien
​Branch Manager - Munster & South East
michael.obrien@collinsmcnicholas.ie