Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit when it comes to an HR Revolution, but you have to admit that Friday was an historic day with the fall of Egypt’s president after only 3 weeks of popular protests. Social media allows us to affect change in real time; a fact proven in Egypt last week. I was following a Twitter feed when I finally broke down and turned on the tv. I think I must have heard it near real-time. The tweets were flooding in, and many had more information than the television reporters. What was more amazing was that I was frustrated that I didn’t have more information faster. I was filtering on hash tags, searching for news site feeds, and flipping channels to find a video of the “short announcement video” on Egyptian television.
What does this have to do with an HR Revolution? Well, for one thing, the events in Egypt have reminded us that data and information are still one of the most important commodities. Telling your story, gathering followers, backing it up with critical information is a key to success. And another important commodity? Your people. You can’t do it without your people.
So is your HR organization ready to do that? Because if you’re not, you may risk giving up that power to someone else.