SVP strategy and consulting Workhuman
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HR certification: Roadmap to more human workplaces

6th Nov 2020
SVP strategy and consulting Workhuman
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This year has seen the world of work transformed in ways we never could have imagined. But rather than aspire for things to go back to the way they were, many business leaders are viewing current times as a chance to move forward and create something better.

HR leadership is seeing today’s worker reject unprogressive, bureaucratic organisations in favour of companies that create an environment that is more responsive to human needs, where employees are more motivated, engaged, and productive. People expect more from their organisations – not just the basic fundamentals of equal pay and health and safety – but a new set of standards that recognise what’s most important to employees now.

Each of us wants to be part of a workplace where we’re respected, seen, appreciated, and heard. Present times have only further spurred on the movement to champion these ideals, redefining the workplace as one that puts employees at the centre.

Employees prioritise work-life harmony

88% of employees would prefer to work for a company that has a clear policy on employee entitlements, according to new research by Workhuman. In fact, other than fair pay, employees said work-life harmony is the most important when it comes to being satisfied and happy at work. Yet, employees are also struggling to achieve work-life harmony. According to the survey, only half of remote UK employees say they feel a better balance between work life and personal life than when they were in the office.

Importance to HR leaders

When it comes to shaping the global future of work, and ensuring that employee needs are being met, HR leaders are unquestionably at the front lines of driving progress. But to do so successfully, they need a clear plan of action for their organisations.

Some companies, such as Cisco and Schneider Electric, have joined a community of others that want to make collective, faster, progress in advancing the workplace of the future, a more human focused one. Through certification programmes like Workhuman Certified, organizations and professionals receive the support and guidance needed to commit to, and deliver on, their promise to create these human-centred workplaces. By holding themselves accountable to benchmarks and goals, and leveraging programme insights, organisations can make real progress in implementing and driving excellence in the HR best practices that truly foster just, inclusive, and socially responsible workplaces.

Not only do certification programmes guide organisations on how to build and maintain human-centred workplaces, achieving certification is a powerful indicator to employees, recruits, customers and stakeholders of an organisation’s values and commitment to these ideals. 


Today’s employees are seeking a sense of safety, equity, meaning, and belonging in their organisations – and the call to meet these needs has never been more urgent. HR leaders have always been agents of change, but knowing where to start can be a challenge.

Taking steps to become a ‘Certified’ enterprise is a clear and unequivocal statement that a company is committed to building a culture where every person can feel respected, appreciated, and empowered. This is well worth the investment, not only for its benefits to employees, but quite simply because a business thrives when its employees thrive.

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