Written by Alex Hattingh, Chief People Officer at Employment Hero

It would be an understatement to say it’s been an interesting couple of years for human resources professionals.

Already a rapidly evolving industry, the pandemic turned the role of HR upside down. As remote working models, workplace safety and employee engagement have been put under the spotlight, HR has had to bend over backwards to support companies. Now, during an era coined the Great Resignation, HR is again shape-shifting to lead businesses through turbulent times.

Unusual times are transformative times. While the last two years have been challenging, they’ve also created amazing opportunities for HR professionals. There are more HR roles available, the HR function is expanding, and businesses are really recognising HR’s value.

So, how can you get your piece of the pie in 2022?

Articulate goals for your HR career

When you’re thinking about new opportunities, whether that’s inside or outside your current organisation, it’s critical to have an idea of what you want. Without an objective, you can easily veer off course, and stumble when it comes to prioritising.

Setting clearly articulated goals is the answer. To do this, start by asking yourself some key questions.

  1. What part of your HR career makes you feel the most fulfilled?
  2. What is the most powerful thing you could do to propel you towards an HR leader role?
  3. What is a key gap within your HR knowledge?
  4. What would you like to change about the HR industry?
  5. What do you admire most about your favourite HR expert?


Get ahead of incoming human resources trends

Imagine interviewing a job candidate, and they seem to know everything about the latest industry innovations. You’ll know that this person is working hard and looking to the future.

If you want to kick goals in 2022, you need to be ahead of the curve. The best way to do this is by signing up for industry newsletters and regularly reading industry publications.

You can also rely on Employment Hero to keep you up to date with the latest HR thinking, download our free eBook of trends for 2022. We talk through the evolution of remote working, the impact of the Great Resignation, powerful new HR tools, and so much more.


Experiment with new initiatives

When you’re up to speed on the latest trends, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and put them into action within your business. What new challenges have you encountered over the last year that new thinking could provide a solution for?

When you take ownership of your work and pursue new opportunities for your business, you send a clear message to your HR peers and your company’s leadership team; you’re here to accelerate the business’ function and support growth with emerging ideas. With every initiative, you boost your position for an upcoming promotion, or gain valuable insights for your next job interview.


Follow HR influencers

From innovating onboarding technology, to personalising the employee experience and putting a new spin on workplace wellness; HR influencers are making big moves in 2022.

Following leaders in your field can keep you feeling inspired and expose you to bold new ideas that you can incorporate into your own career development. As the HR field is so diverse, there are so many areas in which we can grow our knowledge.


Start your journey as an HR thought leader

You don’t have to be a major influencer from a global corporation to have interesting insights. Anyone, of any seniority level, can gain traction on their online profiles by contributing to the conversation. Dust off your LinkedIn profile, and build your profile within the HR community.


Spend time outside the HR bubble

Human resources management is all about interpersonal skills and people-first thinking. In that sense, HR professionals have unlimited access to learn. They are in a unique position to gain something by exposing themselves to new people and situations.


Kick HR goals this year

Who knows where a career in human resources could take you in 2022? Whether you’re looking for new job prospects or building your profile in this exciting industry, we wish you all the best.