CIPD sets out the five key trends shaping future HR practice

A new report from the professional body for HR and people development offers global mobility expertise and international leaders insight into the changes impacting the world of work now and in future.

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People Profession 2030: A collective view of future trends is the outcome of collaboration with hundreds of HR practitioners around the world. The CIPD’s hackathon events, roundtables with senior HR leaders and research informs the study, which identifies the external drivers shaping people practices in organisations today. They reinforce Relocate Global’s own assessment of what makes global companies Future Fit.The CIPD identified five key trends influencing the people profession over the next decade as:
  • Internal change: evolving organisational models, structures and processes. The modern workplace will require agile, adaptable business models, and managers and employers will need support to thrive in a changing world – a trend that has been accelerated through the business response to the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Digital transformation: People professionals will need to understand how to put people at the heart of digital transformation and ensure fairness and positive opportunities for all, not just those who are tech-savvy. 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.
  • Changing demographics and a clear focus on D&IInclusion should be a key element of organisational strategies going forward and people professionals will be important drivers of change and improvements on equality, inclusion and diversity, in their organisations. 
  • Diversifying employment relationships: People professionals will play a crucial role in supporting line managers to fairly and effectively manage hybrid teams with different work schedules and working arrangements, such as contract and gig workers, those in portfolio careers, as well as employees working part-time and remotely.  
  • Sustainability, purpose and responsible business: There is increased demand from employees, regulators, investors, customers and consumers for a more values-based, purpose-driven approach to business. People professionals can be at the heart of organisational purpose and champion responsible people management practices. 

'Urgent priorities'

Following last week’s Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) – the first virtual ACE in its 72-year history – Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, reiterated the vital role of people professions and good practice now and in future:“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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