AUT’s Professor Jarrod Haar was named Human Resource Researcher of the Year at the 2016 NZ HR Awards.
AUT Professor of Human Resource (HR) Management Jarrod Haar has set the bar high for HR academics, taking away the inaugural HR Researcher of the Year award at the annual NZ HR Awards. Introduced this year, the award recognises academics who demonstrate research excellence in HR management.
Professor Haar recently joined the Management Department in the AUT Business School.
Academic leadership, media impact
The judging panel consisted of experienced HR practitioners and members of the academic community, who said, “Jarrod was a worthy winner due to his strong overall research record. [We] also noted his academic leadership and media impact both nationally and internationally”.
World class research
Favouring HR topics surrounding work life balance, cultural factors in the workplace and leadership, Professor Haar is a world-class researcher who was recognised in the last New Zealand Government’s Performance-Based research fund round.
With over 250 refereed academic outputs, including 63 journal articles, Haar stresses the importance of data in HR management, a sector that he believes should embrace quantitative research.
“HR has traditionally been seen as focused on the ‘soft side’ of business. Using HR analytics and hard data to predict trends such as absenteeism or turnover can help legitimise HR strategy, making it easier to sell in to senior management,” says Haar.
Professor Haar who teaches HR analytics, sees analytics as one of the key trends for 2016. Using data analytics allows practitioners to understand complex data and give human resource strategies concrete rationale, making them more visible to management.
Another key trend for 2016 is work-life balance, says Haar. Despite the growing appeal of flexible workplaces, such as opportunities to work from home, away from the office or hot desking, visiting the office is a necessity, even if just for socialisation.
His recent research found that, of seven cultures globally, Māori felt they had the best work-life balance. Finding the right balance can be an ongoing struggle.
“Trying to achieve work-life balance is almost like trying to squish everything into one container. As you try to squeeze one thing in, the others get pushed out,” says Haar.
Last updated: 30-Aug-2016 12.16pm
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