What Employers Expect from HR Professionals

The field of Human Resources (HR) is constantly evolving and adapting to keep up with industry standards. Last year, we saw a massive shift in what was expected of HR professionals. As expectations shift, so do the skills that employers expect their HR employees to possess. Staying on top of industry demands is one of the best ways to get ahead in any industry, and that rings especially true for HR. We are going to take a look at what some of the most in-demand HR skills are, and how Ashton College can help you learn them through HR continuing education courses.

Diversity Training

Diversity and inclusion have become increasingly important in recent years. Diverse workplaces have been found to be more productive than homogenous ones, but they need a trained HR professional to ensure operations run smoothly. HR professionals with diversity and inclusion training can effectively build and support a healthy, diverse corporate culture where members of the workforce feel safe and included.

Ashton College’s Diversity and Inclusion Training course can teach you how to foster a diverse work culture, and how to anticipate and prevent diversity-related workplace conflicts from arising.

Change Management Certification

The demand for change management has increased dramatically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Change management is an area of HR that is focused on helping organizations enact changes at all levels of an organization. Change management professionals focus on helping people adapt to those changes. As organizations continue to enact sweeping changes to their operations at a rapid rate, the need for HR professionals to guide employees through these changes is at an all-time high.

Ashton College’s Change Management Certification course is accredited by the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and the course fulfills the 21-hour training requirement for the ACMP’s Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) certification. Ashton College is listed on the ACMP’s Qualified Education Provider (QEP) registry as well. The CCMP is an HR certification Canada and most other countries in the world recognize and respect. Earning your CCMP will open you up to many new opportunities in your career.

Conflict Resolution Training

Conflict resolution is a valuable skill for any HR professional to have. Being able to maintain productivity and morale in the workplace is a key responsibility of the HR department and being skilled at conflict resolution will help you fulfill your duties.

Along with conflict resolution, HR professionals benefit from having negotiation training and mediation training. Being skilled in these three areas provides you with a comprehensive set of interpersonal skills that will greatly benefit you both professionally and personally.

Ashton College offers courses for each of these three skills. You can register for all three to get a comprehensive education in HR communication skills or you can register for the areas you are most interested in improving.

Employment Law and Standards

The HR department is responsible for ensuring an organization and its employees are working in accordance with a variety of policies and laws, which includes provincial employment laws and standards. By building up your knowledge of this area of HR, you can reach some of the more senior positions within an organization.

Ashton College currently offers a course on BC employment standards and employment law, as well as a course on Alberta employment law and employment standards.

Solid Communication Skills

One of the most important aspects of your career in human resources is being able to effectively communicate directives, questions and open discussions. Elevate your skills through additional communication skills training so that you can effectively share your ideas.

Learn the Skills You Need

Now is the absolute best time to start working on your HR skills. Whether you are looking to specialize in a new area of HR, earn a promotion in your department, or do more in your current role, Ashton College can help you get there. Register now for one of the best HR courses Canada has to offer and take your career to the next level.