By Debbie Bolla
2020 is poised to be a year of transformation. I recently had the opportunityÂ to co-lead a think-tank session at our HRO Today Forum EMEA in Dublin withÂ Julie Sharp and transformation was on her mind. Sharp is a seasoned, senior-levelÂ HR executive who has headed up HR across the globe including in APACÂ at Citibank Australia. With so much technological innovation infiltratingÂ the marketplace and an increasing level of pressure to execute an effectiveÂ people strategy, HR needs to prepare for change. Sharp says there are twoÂ questions that HR needs to asking to be ready for the future of work.
1. How has the HR profession reacted to the complex changes in the area ofÂ digital science and technology? The answer is a bit unclear. A recent surveyÂ from KMPG found that some forward-looking HR leaders are working onÂ strategic plans to implement new platforms in the areas of analytics andÂ automation. Two-thirds of respondents agree that HR has undergone or isÂ undergoing a digital transformation, but only 40 per cent of HR leaders haveÂ a digital workforce plan in place.
2. How can HR take the lead in helping their enterprises accelerate sustainedÂ performance? Sharp points to recent research from Deloitte to help answerÂ this question. There are three key âfuturesâ that HR must address:
The future of the enterprise. Data is driving massive amounts of change andÂ HR must navigate how this will impact their workforce and the amount ofÂ trust in the organisation.
The future of the workforce. Market forces are challenging HR with peopleÂ working longer but not having the necessary skills needed to succeed as workÂ changes. Throw in the open talent economy and the workforce will lookÂ nothing like it did 10 years ago.
The future of how work gets done. Sharp says how organisations achieveÂ their goals will be driven by how they embrace new digital solutions thatÂ encourage adaptable teamwork.
We are hoping the rest of our issue will help you in yourÂ path to transformation in 2020.