In the age of digital transformation, new practices are emerging among French employees. Among these trends, a new profile has emerged, the Self HR employee. But what is it?
What is a Self HR employee?
The Self HR employee is an employee who takes responsibility for his/her human resources strategies. Thanks to digital technology, s/he will put in place measures to develop and promote his/her skills. This could, for example, consist of learning a new language through web-based courses, knowing how to better use software, working on one’s visibility through professional social networks and sharing his/her skills, and for freelancers, selling these skills. In fact, according to an OpenSourcing – Kantar TNS study, 13% of employees claim to sell their skills on these specially-designed platforms.
Informal digital learning
Digital technology effectively offers a multitude of learning sources with the development of video tutorials, forums, applications or even the latest major, rising trend MOOC. Thus, 52% of employees claim to use informal digital learning, i.e. practices that aim to improve their skills and productivity outside their company. According to the study cited above, the most popular learning methods used by French employees are:
- 93%: Self-training on the internet (via articles, forums, etc.)
- 84%: Asking personal acquaintances (friends, family, etc.)
- 84%: Asking a colleague
- 56%: Training offered by their company
- 43%: Training outside of work.
In-house training therefore comes in fourth place. The main challenge for HR services in companies is encouraging this practice, without trying to take control of it. It should also be kept in mind that not all employees are Self HR. Ultimately, Self HR is compatible with and complements traditional in-house training. The objective is therefore to take into account each employee’s profile and mix the two types of training: traditional and informal.