This is year 2022 and Coronavirus has drastically reshaped the economy and the labor force. I am therefore directed to inform you, that you are fired from your HR job. It doesn’t exist in this 2022 future.
Since Coronavirus rapid spread around the globe, we have experienced titanic shifts in how we work, where we work, and the technologies we use to stay connected.
“We believe this is HR’s moment to lead organizations in navigating the future.“
Such massive change is escalating the importance of HR’s role within organizations. Workers are turning to their managers and their HR leaders, in particular, for guidance on how to navigate their “new normal”.
Research indicates that 73% of workers depend on their employer for support in preparing for the future of work.
Your Chance To Survive The Future, Before You’re Fired From Your HR Job
Just as CFOs have greatly increased their scope since the 2008 financial crisis, CHRO’s now have that same opportunity to become central C-suite players.
We believe this is HR’s moment to lead organizations in navigating the future. They have a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility, to provide workers with guidance. With change, people need help on the skills and capabilities they will need to be successful over the next decade as new roles continue to emerge.
Work-life, The Future of Work and Future Workplace
With that in mind, The Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace jointly embarked on a nine-month initiative. This is to determine exactly what the future of HR will look like.
The Center brought together the Future Workplace network of nearly 100 CHROs, CLOs, and VP’s of talent and workforce transformation. Their job was to envision how HR’s role might evolve over the next 10 years.
“The 2020s will be a reset moment for HR.”
Their brainstorm considered economic, political, demographic, societal, cultural, business, and technology trends.
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New Future Deal For HR – Starting From Over 60 New Future HR Jobs
The result was the conception of over 60 new HR jobs. It included detailed responsibilities and skills needed to succeed in each role. Each job was then ranked by its organizational impact. This narrowed the list to an initial 21 HR jobs of the future.
The Process: HR jobs were arranged on a 2×2 grid; the X-axis depicts time – over the next 10 years. Y-axis depicts “technology centricity”; that is, all jobs will utilize innovative technologies, but only the most tech-centric will actually require a grounding in computer science.
“Before it can be built, it has to be dreamed.”
The advent of Covid-19 compressed time like an accordion. A handful of these roles became “jobs of the now.” The 2020s will be a reset moment for HR. The Center in their report, fully expect to see more examples of these theoretical “jobs-made-real,” by visionary leaders in the coming months and years.
Five Core Themes Of The Top 21 HR Jobs of The Future
While some of the roles identified are entirely new positions, others are new responsibilities. They are becoming increasingly important as HR re-imagines and reboots its strategy in light of the pandemic. All 21 jobs embody five core themes that the Center came across in their research.
They are individual and organizational resilience, organizational trust and safety, creativity and innovation, data literacy and human-machine partnerships.
The Human-Human Relation Themes
Individual and organizational resilience. The future of work will include developing a stronger focus and a more holistic view of employee wellbeing. One that encompasses the emotional, mental and spiritual health of workers along with the physical.
Even before the virus, Gallup reported two thirds of full-time workers experienced burnout on the job.
Organizational trust and safety. HR professionals are in a unique position to be guardians and models of an ethical and responsible workplace. As organizations invest in digital transformation initiatives and establish a “data culture,” the Center believe the expectations to uphold this responsibility will increase.
LinkedIn research found that 67% of hiring managers and recruiters said AI saves them time as they source job candidates. But questions are now being raised around this technology and its potential for bias, inaccuracy, and lack of transparency.
Creativity and innovation. As business leaders envision new ways to grow their organizations in the midst of rapid change, a new role at the intersection of corporate strategy and HR must arise.
The Future of Work Leader, would be responsible for analyzing what skills will be most essential as the workforce continues to evolve.
The Human-Machine Relations Themes
Data literacy. Currently, only a few HR functions are building analytics capabilities into their teams to solve key people challenges. This could be uncovering why one team performs better than another. Or how their organization can create a more diverse and inclusive culture.
In the future, HR teams will be a more data-driven function. Doing so would allow them to provide more accurate insights for engagement of C-suite leaders.
Human-machine partnerships. As the use of robots in companies continues to increase, it has become apparent that there is a need for human-machine collaboration in the workforce. Judgment is usually easy for humans, but still hard for computers.
Sorting out the balance of the “art of the job” (for humans) vs. the “science of the job” (for bots) will likely result in the creation of new HR roles. Such will be focused on how both can work together intuitively.
The 21 HR Jobs of The Future To Prepare For; Before You Are Fired From Your HR Job
Change is coming, and it’s best to get a head start. Companies and individuals that can anticipate their organization’s future HR roles will likely be in a position to outperform competitors. They are also squarely positioning HR and themselves as a strategic business driver.
This is year 2020, and you have been fired from your HR job. Cheer up, you are prepared ahead. Make a choice of your preference from the options below.
- Director of Wellbeing
- Director of Wellbeing
- Work from Home Facilitator
- Human Bias Officer
- Strategic HR Business Continuity Director
- The Future of Work Leader
- VR Immersion Counselor
- HR Data Detective
- Human-Machine Teaming Manager
- ChatBot Coach
- Human-Machine Teaming Manager
- HR Data Detective
- Head of Business Behavior
- Global Head of Employee Experience
- Financial Wellness Manager
Visit the original write up for the full list of 21 jobs.
The Closing Before You’re Fired From Your HR Job Into Other Future HR Jobs
As new and existing roles evolve, the most successful organizations and individuals will have a clear understanding of what needs to change; what must change to meet future business priorities (both anticipated and unanticipated).
This is worth repeating, a handful of these roles have become “jobs of the now.”
You never know — one day soon, you might be recruiting someone to fill any of these 21 jobs. You may also be doing one yourself, if you escape being fired from your HR job.
Myfwl/Work-Place Feed adapted the write up by Jeanne C. Meister and Robert H. Brown for short minutes readers. Click here to view the full original write up at www.hbr.org. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section.
Robert H. Brown is Vice President of Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions. He was previously a Managing Vice President of Research at Gartner, Inc., where he specialized in HR services.
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