Leader and manager effectiveness is now the top priority of 72 per cent of HR leaders in the APAC region.

FREMONT, CA: According to a survey by Gartner, Inc., the top priority for HR leaders in the Asia Pacific region for 2023 is leader and manager effectiveness. In the July 2022 global poll of 860 HR leaders, 88 participants were from APAC. Other top organisational goals for HR leaders in APAC for the coming year include employee experience (57 per cent) and HR technology strategy and management, with recruiting (42 per cent) and the future of work (42 per cent) tied for fifth place.

According to the advisory director for the Gartner HR practice, rising inflation, personnel scarcity, and global supply limits create a novel combination of issues for HR professionals to address in their 2023 plans.

A considerably higher priority is the effectiveness of the management and leader. Much of the APAC region's migration rates have not reverted to pre-COVID levels, and with a tighter labour market, managers and leaders are responsible for keeping workers.

The statistics also showed that APAC prioritised HR technology significantly more than the rest of the world. The APAC region has historically lagged in adopting more modern workplace technologies. Many HR directors are only now considering the productivity increases and cost savings that can be made possible by the digital technologies that international competitors are currently utilising.

Companies in Australia need technology to manage an increasingly dispersed workforce as they continue to adopt hybrid working practices. HR leaders are positioning digital solutions to assist in managing a decentralised workforce, managing performance, preserving culture, and developing people.

Business transformations (72 per cent) and enhancing operational excellence (68 per cent) were cited as the top business priorities of APAC's HR leaders' firms as they look toward 2023, followed by growth.

 A New Approach to Leadership

Even though work-life integration, social and political upheaval and flexible work schedules are altering the relationship between leaders and employees, 24 per cent of HR leaders claim their approach to leadership development does not adequately prepare leaders for the future of work. Leaders must adopt human-centric leadership, which is characterised by three qualities:

Authenticity: Let their teams and themselves truly express themselves.

Empathy: Demonstrate sincere regard for and concern for the welfare of employees.

Adaptability: Provide support and flexibility to accommodate each team member's specific needs.

Adopt an Open-Source Change Strategy

According to 45 per cent of HR executives, the constant disruption over the past few years has worn down their staff members. A decreased intent to stay with the organisation is associated with high employee transition weariness and greater workplace friction. Compared to 74 per cent of employees with low degrees of weariness, Gartner research reveals that just 43 per cent of individuals who suffer above-average change fatigue expect to remain with their company.