The future of HR

10 good reads

1. Work after Covid-19

Resetting the future of work agenda, a report by the World Economic Forum, brings together the perspectives on Covid-19 workforce-related best practices of more than 60 CHROs from leading global employers as well as a broad range of insights into how organizations are preparing for the post-pandemic shape of work. Let’s get inspired!

2. VR and HR

Deutsche Bahn uses virtual reality technology to attract new employees, while KFC introduced a VR game to teach staff to cook fried chicken. A growing number of companies are using VR to recruit and train staff. VR might even be useful in tackling the gender pay gap, shows the article How VR is transforming HR in CNN Business.

3. Blockchain potential

Blockchain should reduce recruitment costs and give able HR professionals direct access to a pool of top candidates, fundamentally changing the role of HR and creating radically new work organizations. How to make sure it does? Blockchain and the chief human resources officer, a whitepaper by the Blockchain Research Institute, offers valuable insights, and discusses different options.

4. Setting priorities

Often the strategic role of HR in digital transformation and in supporting the enterprise in all aspects of it, is still forgotten, writes i-SCOOP in the article ‘HR in digital transformation’. The same goes for the need for clear transformation strategies for HR, while digital HR maturity remains rather low. What to prioritize?

5. Robots at work

In need for practical strategies for implementing a robot for every worker in a way that could drive value? Read A robot for every worker: are we ready for a people-first automation mindset? This whitepaper by UiPath describes how leading corporations combine process-first and people-first journeys to create a continuous feedback loop to address their most important work challenges.

6. Skills gap

It’s extremely challenging to develop critical skills in a way that’s effective and meaningful for employees, showed research by Cornerstone. The e-book Bridge the workforce skills gap: 3 key places to start offers practical guidance for developing skills at scale to build stronger, more adaptable and resilient people and organizations.

7. Revolution

The technology industry is expected to restore normalcy and ensure secure and predictable outcomes in networks of business and personal life, which have become entwined like never before during the Covid19-crisis. But how? A crucible of growth and innovation, a paper by Tata Consultancy Services, points out the most important aspects within different areas, including HR.

8. Internet of Things

IoT in HR will change HR technologies, influence larger modifications of HR activities, and change tasks and qualifications of HR actors, shows this extensive study published in The international journal of human resource management.

9. Ready for change

Almost 40% of HR professionals rate their HR department as highly effective, showed a survey by research and advisory firm McLean & Company last year (2020 HR Trends Report). This is almost twice as much as other professionals rate their HR departments.

10. Bring AI closer

Can AI really deliver when used in HR? Four challenges lie ahead, according to the research article AI in HRM - challenges and a path forward: the complexity of HR phenomena, the constraints imposed by small data sets, ethical questions associated with fairness and legal constraints, and, lastly, employee reaction to management via data-based algorithms. What could be practical responses?

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