Employees and HR functions alike find themselves on the eve of the fourth industrial revolution. The World Economic Forum states that current changes are so severe in respect to their velocity, scope, and systems impact that they will most likely profoundly affect our way of living, working, and relating to each other. They will do so to an extent that has been never experienced by former generations of the workforce.

The world of work is changing at a faster pace than ever. Nobody knows exactly what the future of work will look like. Yet there are stable trends that help to predict how we will work in the coming decades. An easily accessible model describing tomorrow’s today is hinting at six trends:   The model was originally published by CEB. It is clearer than other predictions of what HR will look

No doubt – HR is not exactly a data savvy function: Between 80% and 100% of CEOs require strategic decision support informed by people data, yet less than 20% of them receive such information from the HR function. That message is well understood by HR: In our recent research, European Heads of HR Analytics report that they would like to significantly increase their analytics maturity. So Analytics is constantly climbing

No doubt – the term ‘digital’ sums up the most eminent strategic challenges for almost any industry. In most companies though, HR is left out when digital strategies are discussed at executive level. HR is often perceived as a digital latecomer, with a reputation of being ineffective at managing data. This must be considered a failure as digital strategies offer a lot to people management. Following a recent research, companies

Eight out of ten large companies are currently running a program to reduce the cost of their HR function and improve its effectiveness at the same time. But when we asked the Heads of HR of leading companies how their transformation program was going, their responses were very rarely on the positive side: “It’s cumbersome”, said one. “Takes longer than we thought”, replied the other. Others shared this pessimistic mood: