The Merging of HR and IT

Posted June 12, 2016 by Mary McGinley

The face of corporations is changing to adapt to the current, more digitally-focused world. Some might believe that streamlining operations means doing more with fewer employees, but that’s not necessarily the case.

In a recent article that appeared on the Third Sector website, John Simcock, charity director at Eduserve, cited that merging the departments of IT, digital, and HR could make corporations and non-profits function more dynamically and improve the overall mission, giving them the edge that they need to compete in a digitally-focused world.

The example that Simcock chose as an example was UK charity Cystic Fibrosis Trust.  The CFT put IT, HR and Digital in one department so that the organization could focus on digital fundraising. Where network connectivity for workers was once in the sole purview of the IT department, placing the as a shared responsibility between IT, HR, and Digital made the company more cohesive.

The collaborative problem-solving at CFT resulted in the charity being able to grow its volunteer base by an astounding 450 percent. With results like these, one would think that more organizations would consider following their example. Unfortunately, Simcock writes, most UK charities don’t have an HR strategy for digital.

Non-profit entities and companies should consider how changing the relationship between IT and digital works in practice. Can it help the organization to adapt and make it more competitive? Will it benefit the organization and its employees in a tangible sense?

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