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HR: The main driver of innovation

Alexandre Diard

Research and development is often the only department to be concerned with innovation. But HR also plays a role in innovation: managerial innovation. 

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What is HR's role in innovation?

The role of an HR Manager is to manage tasks related to societal and social responsibility as well as the management of psychosocial risks. He has an obligation to follow social regulations.

Companies have been changing in recent years and it is increasingly difficult for HR Managers to develop projects. Innovation then becomes essential.

The new role of HR

Management methods have evolved considerably and this will now be one of the tasks entrusted to HR. In fact, more and more tasks nowadays are entrusted to the HR department: their role has become essential for a company.

Indeed, even if the role of HR Manager is well defined, developments in this area are specific to each company. The job of an HR Manager will not be as structured as before.

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The evolution of management methods

It is clear that some directors will not appreciate the questioning of their "power" and will be reluctant to change. Some employees will therefore have more autonomy regarding their missions. Despite many general changes, management methods have changed little in recent decades in some companies: indeed, Taylorism is still used in some companies. It is therefore not surprising that employees are not always in favor of change and innovation.

The company: the first source of innovation

The first source of innovation lies in the corporate culture. The HR Manager's role is to unite, facilitate and enhance the success of his employees. He should also reassure employees in doubt and relativize their failures. Managers and HR will need to work together to enable the emergence of new, more collaborative techniques with a bottom-up approach.

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