Looking ahead to the future of HR

With analytics and long-term planning, the nature of the role is shifting dramatically
By Jo Ann Miele
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

In the business of the future, the HR function will still be going strong because managing people will always be a critical component of any successful business — that’s a given. But the nature of the role is shifting dramatically. The combination of a rapid growth in analytics, the increasing importance of HR in long-term business planning, and the evolving needs of employees and potential employees will have a considerable impact on the role of future HR departments.

The HR department of the future hasn’t truly been built yet, but the focus needs to be on data collection. Data collection is relatively new. Collection systems are in place and interesting models are being developed. As that happens, the tools at an HR expert’s disposal will be built and remade. Technological improvement is a never-ending process of reinterpretation and reinvention, and we are at the very beginning of an exciting new cycle.

Not your grandmother’s HR department