Disruption Is The New Constant For HR

Dr. Ernesto Marinelli

In HR we must transform and be disruptive if we are going to add value to the business and enable people to really reach their full potential.

This is the age of digital transformation; transformation of all elements of business, from processes, to products, services, and delivery. Common to the transformation across all businesses, are employees: skills, motivation, retention, ability to adapt. From a business perspective, it’s not enough anymore to provide a training curriculum to employees, put people into high potential programs, or offer rotational programs. Businesses need to become faster in anticipating newly required skills, to ensure employees become more agile and adaptive, to transform the organization to allow faster decision-making processes.

Recently I met with a customer interested in my organization’s new performance management approach, SAP Talk. This pilot program helps us focus on continuous conversations between managers and employees for more frequent performance feedback. This replaces formal performance reviews, which seemed like a compliance-driven event.

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to empower our employees and our leaders by promoting two-way dialogue and regular reflection on performance and goals. We also hope to build strong leaders who can facilitate conversations.

At the outset of the meeting, the customer questioned whether their culture would be ready for this model. My response was this: HR needs to be disruptive to remain a strong asset that adds strategic value to the business.

Transformation is driven by the business, and we in HR have to be disruptive by implementing innovative HR practices that allow the business to grow and adapt.

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This was previously published on LinkedIn.


Dr. Ernesto Marinelli

About Dr. Ernesto Marinelli

Ernesto has over 15 of human resources experience. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Human Resources for SAP Europe, Middle East and Africa supporting his organization in the digital transformation. Passionate about transformation and the impact of leadership on people, Ernesto is a seasoned, goal-oriented global HR senior executive with broad experience in supporting the sales and services organization, as well as development groups. Accustomed to work in an international environment, Ernesto is strong in transformational work and possesses in-depth expertise in all relevant HR processes with a strong ability in creating long-term partnerships. He speaks Italian and German, is fluent in English and has good knowledge of French and Spanish. He joined SAP in 2005 as a recruiter and had several roles within the HRBP organization. Ernesto earned a Master Degree in General Linguistics and a PhD in German Linguistics at the University of Würzburg in Germany.