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 clichÃ©, butÂ look around you. A Chinese artificial intelligence robot called XiaoIce has enrolledÂ in university and graduated with a masterâs of fine arts. The World Economic ForumÂ predicts that climate change could cut global GDP in half, a conclusion that mayÂ sound extreme but wouldnât surprise the victims of the recent flooding in JakartaÂ or the Christmas typhoon in the Philippines.
As we enter this third decade of the new millennium, what do HR practitionersÂ need to do be successful? How will HR be different in 2030? What are the key HRÂ trends in Asia-Pacific for the next 10 years?
In this monthâs edition, six experts with diverse perspectives from Australia, China,Â India, and Singapore answer these questions as they share insights and predictionsÂ for the (Roaring?) Twenties.
âBy 2030, HR will be leaner, more data-driven, and no longer the poor cousin toÂ sales, operations, and IT,â predicts Andrew Calvert, senior vice president of LeeÂ Hecht Harrison.Â âThe major trend developing over the next 10 years that HR practitioners mustÂ address is not the competition to acquire talentânor the competition to keepÂ peopleâbut rather how to manage them,â counsels Edith Cowan Universityâs Dr.Â Yvonne McNulty.
But you wonât need to wait a decade to see whether every prediction in this issueÂ comes to light. We asked several experts to take a 12-month perspective as weÂ examine the impact of Hong Kongâs protests on salaries and hiring. We also ask,Â âWhat has become of the expat posting?â in a look at how global mobility isÂ evolving.
Weâre excited to present this yearâs HRO Today APAC Superstars, a unique group ofÂ practitioners, providers, consultants, and thought leaders who are shaping the HRÂ industry of today and tomorrow.
Do you agree with the predictions in the pages that follow? Let me know! In theÂ meantime, I wish you all a prosperous year of the rat!