Monday 10 August saw us kick-starting the People Profession 2030 virtual Hackathon, bringing together peers from across the world to co-create a vision of the future of work.
We began by challenging contributors to read our CEO Peter Cheese’s blog, asking them, ‘What does the future look like to you?’
Here’s a snapshot of the key themes that emerged throughout the course of day 1:
- People professionals need to be technologically minded and data driven if they’re to adapt to tech and AI advances in the workplace. However, human values and skills, like emotional intelligence, will become an even greater priority for business, since they cannot currently be replicated by tech and AI.
- COVID-19 has accelerated change – particularly in the areas of flexible/remote working.
- HR needs to lead the way in ensuring their organisations – and people – adapt to these changes. Most contributors were optimistic about the profession's role in doing this, though some flagged the need for greater capabilities and influence in doing so.
- In this era, an individualised, outcomes-focused approach is more important than one that’s policy-based.
By mid-afternoon GMT, Monday’s top contributor was Giles O’Halloran, with a remarkable score of 376 points on our global leaderboard. Well done, Giles!
Quotes of the day
Lau Wah Yuen suggested a need for re-designing the work contract, leading to an increased focus on individualised employee-led performance management over traditional organisation-led performance management:
'Perhaps HR and organisations should encourage people to take on portfolio work, with different organisations; much like how we should have a portfolio-based investment strategy... This will encourage individuals to take charge of their career, and not depend on the organisation to do it for them.'
Perry Timms proposed people professionals remodel the HR function around their organisation’s circumstances, based on the needs of now and the future:
'It feels like we need not just one new HR model, but a thousand permutations that reflect the context of the people and businesses we operate in and with.'