What human resources will look like in 2030  

16 April 2021:

It’s almost surreal to think that just over a year ago, many of were were travelling to work five days a week on crowded trains, only to sit in offices with no fresh air for eight hours straight, often next to colleagues who refused to cover their mouths when they coughed.

To state the obvious: the way we work has changed dramatically in the last year. Many of us are now working remotely from home, wearing a steady rotation of activewear and spending our former commute time sleeping in, working out, or spending time with our families.

When you think of how much things have changed for the workforce in the space of year, it’s hard to imagine what the future will hold – so we asked two HR experts to do it for us.

“In the last 20 years, I’ve seen the HR industry transform from being all about recruiting, compliance, checklists and health and safety regulations to being about building and leveraging human potential in business,” says Karen Gately, who worked as a HR director for eight years before launching her leadership consulting practice 16 years ago.

“The old-fashioned command and control approach to leadership is dying out and the future of HR will be leading with authenticity.”

Dr Stacey Jenkins, the Acting Head of the School of Management and Marketing at Charles Sturt University, has also seen the HR industry evolve during her career and predicts more change to come.

“There’s going to be a growing focus on empathy, creativity and innovation in the HR roles of the future,” she explains. “Fostering a healthy work environment so team members are productive and engaged has never been more important.”

At work and beyond, change is inevitable. Here’s how to prepare for and embrace the imminent revolution…

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Source: Women's Agenda

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