APAC January February 2020

Moving Into the Future

From analytics to AI, six leaders share their predictions for the key trends that will disrupt HR in the coming decade.

By Michael Switow

What do the 2020s have in store for the HR industry and HR practitioners in Asia? In the first issue of the new decade, HRO Today APAC turns to six experts from across the region to address these issues and seek their insights and predictions on leadership, talent acquisition, areas where HR practitioners must focus if they are to excel, and ways in which the two largest countries in the region will be different 10 years from now in 2030.

Honouring HR: 2020 HRO Today APAC Superstars

We recognise a roundup of HR leaders who are driving business change.

By The Editors

HR faces great challenges today. Top talent expects employers to deliver an exemplary experience, new technologies, enriching learning programs, career growth, robust benefits plans, job flexibility, mobility opportunities -and the list goes on. In this demanding environment, we think it’s important to recognise leaders that have gone above and beyond in the realm of HR.

Hiring in the Face of Uncertainty

Hong Kong’s unstable economy is creating significant concern in the job market -but not every sector is impacted.

By Michael Switow

More than six months after millions of Hong Kongers first took to the streets in opposition to an extradition bill that would have blurred the lines of the political and legal system that has defined the city since its return to China 22 years ago, the protests continue and repercussions ripple through the territory.

Exiting Expats

Economic transitions in Asia are influencing the duration and destination of relocation assignments.

By Michael Switow

The days of relocating professionals and their families overseas on two-to-three year contracts with housing, education, and other allowances are certainly not over, but they are waning. “We believe companies will continue to move staff around the world in ever-growing numbers in 2020,” says Lee Quane, the regional director for Asia at ECA International. “But they will be doing so in a much more varied fashion.”

Editor’s Note: Defining the Decade Ahead

By Michael Switow

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! To write that the world is in a state of flux and transformation sounds cliché, but look around you. A Chinese artificial intelligence robot called XiaoIce has enrolled in university and graduated with a master’s of fine arts. The World Economic Forum predicts that climate change could cut global GDP in half, a conclusion that may sound extreme but wouldn’t surprise the victims of the recent flooding in Jakarta or the Christmas typhoon in the Philippines.