For many businesses, attracting and retaining talent has never been more challenging. The world continues to change at a dynamic pace, thanks to digital disruption and complications stemming from geopolitics in a way it’s never been before. As a result, the rules for employees are also evolving at a rapid pace, which has a direct impact on health and wellness. How can we make sense of it all to create the best versions of ourselves during these tumultuous times?
“Amidst all this chaos I really believe leadership and people will be the defining force in this uncertain, digital world,” said Jennifer Morgan, Executive Board Member for SAP. Morgan’s insight was shared with thousands of HR professionals during her recent keynote presentation at SAP SuccessConnect in Las Vegas.
As a leader herself, Morgan is obsessed with figuring out what makes a difference with people, productivity and their impact to the business. Searching out new approaches and ideas to help solve the thornier problems around human resources not only moves the needle for the business, it helps people become the best versions of themselves.
“That’s why I love the Human Revolution,” said Morgan. “But we also need technology to help anticipate what’s coming next so we can properly engage with others.”
Morgan maintains that many companies are dealing with the same challenges and asking themselves the same questions, none of which come with easy answers:
· How am I going to keep my workforce healthier and happier?
· How do I tie wellness to productivity?
· Can I really say that I am paying men and women equally for the same work?
· How do I use emerging technologies and buzzwords that I’m hearing about every single day to make things better?
· Can I use Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence to remove unconscious bias from the hiring or promotion process?
“To solve some of these challenges we’ve historically thought these are huge transformations and they’ll take forever,” said Morgan. “But the reality is that when you think about solving some of the biggest problems in your business it really comes down to a few simple things.”
This might include unlocking data already sitting within your enterprise to diagnose specific issues. It might also involve the use of micro-innovations to help move the needle. It’s all about using the power of technology in simple ways to make an impact on every single individual and the entire enterprise, according to Morgan.
To underscore her point, Morgan confessed to her obsession with Whoop, a wearable which collects five different metrics, 24 hours per day, including sleep, strain and recovery.
“It helps me understand all the data in my body that I am not listening to and help become the best version of myself,” said Morgan. “It’s the same thing in the enterprise — where are the untapped pieces of data that can help the enterprise become the best version of itself?”
Morgan said SAP has a good understanding of what it takes to become the best version of yourself because it has helped countless enterprises of all sizes bring their data together to work better for them. This belief is backed by a robust micro app strategy from SAP SuccessFactors. Brilliant Hire, for example, uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to optimize recruiting and hiring. Cultivate is another app, designed to help employees lead and succeed.
“This is the idea behind the Human Revolution and the basis for our continued partnership with Ariana Huffington and Thrive Global,” said Morgan. “It’s how we unlock the best version of the enterprise and tie wellness to productivity to results.”
While financial results provide the output of the previous quarter or the previous year, they tell us what already happened, said Morgan. In reality, it’s the human indicators that will predict how the business results are going to look.
“It’s what we believe is critical to helping the enterprise become the best version of itself.”