Human Resources Changes to Meet Modern Workforce Demand

Last updated: Jan 17, 2023

The role of human resources professionals is not the same as it was twenty years ago — or even two years ago, for that matter. As evolving realities emerge, human resources changes are most defined by a broadening range of responsibilities to meet modern workforce demands.


In its purest form, the dual welfare of employees and the collective organization is the driving force of HR, making it one of the most critical components of the workplace structure. It is tasked to oversee an optimal business culture — which is, of course, one of the greatest measurements of job satisfaction.


HR Responsibilities Expanded to Day-to-Day Functions

The HR function has evolved from dealing with compliance standards and conflict resolution. It now takes a more active, strategic role in various day-to-day processes:

  • Recruitment
  • Hiring
  • Training
  • Employee retention

This greater involvement has elevated the value HR brings to an organization. The last couple of years have, especially, proven the demand for capable management. Complex — and sudden — circumstances such as remote work, health screening, and the Great Resignation have all required dexterous handling by skilled HR professionals.


HR Changes Have Elevated the Role

HR is, ultimately, about people! And the application of interactive communication is imperative in today’s workforce. Now, individuals with extensive HR training and a strong communication skill set are at the helm of companies.


Take, for example, Nigel Travis of Dunkin’ Brands and Mary Berra of General Motors. The soft skills acquired from their HR backgrounds helped pave the way for them to become CEOs of those global corporations. The highest leadership positions of a company are no longer reserved exclusively for those from a sales or operations background.


HR Professionals Are in High Demand

The industry is on the upswing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 9 percent growth for all levels of HR staffing during the next decade — faster than the national average. According to this forecast, that’s over 10,000 new positions.


Is a career in HR for you? Usually, a four-year degree is required break into this role, but not always. You can start as a generalist and progress with more specialized training. If you’re already working in HR, maybe it is time to advance with credentialed instruction. The more knowledgeable you are, the greater your value in the workforce.


HR Training at USF

At USF Corporate Training and Professional Education, HR training is at the core of our programming. In fact, our office has been training HR professionals for over 25 years! We offer general and advanced HR management certificates that can be completed in minimal time. We are also nationally rated in enrollment for the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Essentials course and SHRM-CP/SCP exam prep. Let us help you get the necessary skills for a fulfilling career in this high-demand field!


Interested in learning more? Visit our website or contact our Associate Director, Kathy Barnes, at (813) 974-8031 or