Future of HR
AVOIDING MISGUIDED TRANSFORMATION STRATEGIES
These days, there is no shortage of talk about the fact
that HR needs to change, innovate and transform.
It makes for great headlines and also great business
But the problem isn’t that HR isn’t changing. Picture someone
standing in a business district – she can turn in any direction, walk
for two kilometers and she is guaranteed to find at least 10 different
organizations with an HR transformation strategy or program
in the works or underway.
The problem is that the way HR is changing and transforming
isn’t going to help build future-ready organizations. So the much
more worrisome problem is that we are falling into the comfortable
trap of thinking we are transforming while, in fact, we are
headed the wrong way and will find nothing more than a mirage
once we reach our planned destination.
The problem needs to be fundamentally redefined to recognize
the reality that the future of HR isn’t about HR, it’s about the future
of work. So much of HR transformation is focused on HR
programs and processes, which is a very small subset of how work
happens inside an organization. Effort and resources need to be
shifted from what we’ve traditionally known as HR to helping
teams work better, faster and smarter.
By Hamoon Ekhtiari
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HRPROFESSIONALNOW.CA ❚ CONFERENCE ISSUE 2018 ❚ 47