The_evolution_of_the_employeeIf you have watched ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition or Extreme Makeover: Home Edition you know that the concept is to document and share with viewers a trans-formative experience for individuals and/or a family. In the case of Weight Loss Edition, the journey takes a full year as an expert trainer provides participants with invaluable lessons in safe weight loss and healthy living. Home Edition changes lives much more quickly, providing a brand new, typically larger and fully furnished home to a deserving family usually within a week.

Although doubtful to be picked up by a major network, Extreme Makeover: HR Edition is a reality hitting today’s workforce and it could have as significant an impact as the popular TV shows. In August 2014, Jacob Morgan published a book, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization, which focuses on the shift that is taking place within the business world where managers and organizations are having to adapt to employees and not the other way around. The drive behind this shift – The Evolution of the Employee – is illustrated in the image to the left, which also appears in the book.

Gone are the days of employees working 9 – 5 in an office on company equipment. Quickly going by the wayside as well are annual performance reviews, rigid job positions and responsibilities and a set career path based on an employee’s first job at a company. Thanks in large part to dramatic technological advancements in both our personal and professional lives, we are seeing not only a change in employee demographics (i.e. Millennials, who have experienced the instant gratification and far-reaching impact and convenience of technology since birth are quickly becoming the largest population in the workforce) but also in their expectations, values and goals.

These changes are becoming increasingly apparent and companies that want to continue to attract and retain the best and the brightest need an Extreme Makeover – now. And the most logical place to begin is in Human Resources, a department that has historically served as the front line for employees. In their 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report, Deloitte said that the “new work world shaped by cultural, technological and generational changes, including a shift in the employer-employee balance of power, requires a new human resources playbook” and warned that “HR is not keeping up with the pace of change in business.” It is time for HR to accept the Extreme Makeover challenge and to closely examine the organization’s existing structure, policies and procedures through the eyes of today’s employee to determine what they need to do to help the company stay competitive and be successful.

To learn more about how an integrated Human Capital Management (HCM) solution can play a part in your organizations’ Extreme Makeover, click here to download our infographic on “Simplifying the Employee Lifecycle.”