Report highlights five future trends for HR

A new report highlights the five main future trends for the HR profession, from diversity and inclusion to managing hybrid teams.

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Digitisation, sustainability, diversity and inclusion and agility are some of the key trends for HR in the next years, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute for Professional Development [CIPD].

People Profession 2030: A collective view of future trends combines the findings from the CIPD’s People Profession 2030 Hackathon and roundtables with senior HR leaders that took place earlier this year.

The five key trends identified are:

  • Adaptability to change, including agile ways of working and adaptable business models
  • Digital transformation: putting people at the heart of digital transformation and ensuring fairness and positive opportunities for all, not just those who are tech-savvy.. The report says the profession will also need to harness digitalisation and automation to improve processes and generate insights, for example, using data and analytics for increased strategic impact.
  • Inclusion, equality and diversity.
  • Diversifying employment relationships and supporting managers to manage hybrid teams with different work schedules and working arrangements, such as contract and gig workers and those in portfolio careers as well as employees working part-time and remotely.
  • Sustainability, purpose and responsible business, including a more values-based, purpose-driven approach to business.

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, says: “2020 has been a monumental year for the people profession and for many organisations it has highlighted the importance of the profession and function like never before. The demands placed on our profession since the pandemic began have never been greater and we have seen many teams and individuals rise to the challenge. There are a number of urgent priorities for HR teams in the short-term, not least the many adaptations to working practices, wellbeing, skills and diversity and inclusion, but we must still be thinking beyond the current crisis.

“The key trends identified in this latest report help us to look towards longer-term priorities and think strategically about how people professionals can put themselves at the heart of business. This important work, co-created with people professionals around the world, helps us all to drive and shape the future of the profession over the next decade. The CIPD is committed to supporting the profession to position for positive impact and growth in the future of work, and will equip people professionals with the tools and resources they need to thrive and influence the direction of their organisations for the better.”

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