How the future of HR will look like in the next Decade

The pandemic has dramatically reshaped the global economy and the labor market. The havoc that COVID-19 brought to the business ecosystem massively impacted the work culture and led to a titanic shift in the way we work and the technologies we use.

Gigantic shifts in the business environment are escalating the significance of HR leadership within organizations. The employees are turning to their leaders and managers mainly for guidance on how to make their way through the new normal.

73% of employees depend on their leaders and managers for support in preparation for working in the future. (A report by Cognizant)

Just like how the 2008 financial crisis extensively increased the scope for CFOs, the COVID-19 pandemic has given the same opportunity for CHRO’s to become central C-suite leaders. This is the moment when HR leadership becomes the prime force that drives the growth of an organization. As the need for HR leaders has maximized, new HR leader roles are continually emerging. In this blog, we will guide you to the top HR roles that are emerging and how they might evolve in the next 10 years.

Emerging HR Roles Based on 5 Influential Factors

The HR jobs expected to emerge over the next 10 years are anticipated to encompass these five fundamental themes:

1.Employee Well-being

In the coming years, we can expect new HR leader roles to be created for prioritizing employee wellness not just as an office worker but as a business strategy. These roles will mainly consist of distraction prevention trainers that will help employees turn off their smartphone obsessions and thus improve workforce productivity by encouraging employees to uncover their true potential.

In addition to this, the role of HR will also graduate into workplace environment architect. This role will be on a surge and will ensure that offices are a safe place and take care of the mental and physical well-being of the employees. This will help businesses make their contribution to a better and equitable society.

2.Innovation

The post-pandemic world will be more of a virtual ecosystem where everything from meetings to employee training will go digital. And the HR roles will primarily rotate around these mandates.

New rules that will emerge will consist of Work from Home (WFH) or remote working facilitators that will look after the synchronization and engagement of employees. An additional role of Virtual Reality (VR) immersion counselors will also come into existence. They will mainly be assigned to help HR departments formulate, stimulate, personalize, and scale the rollout of high-end workforce training and collaboration in virtual reality.

3.Human & Machine Collaboration

A whole new and integrated approach of human and machine integrated teams will lead to the creation of new HR leadership roles that will focus on unified working. The human-machine teaming executives will function and manage at the crossroad of humans and machines that will ultimately improve cooperation rather than competition to create a seamless work culture.

4.Taking one step forward toward an advanced HR realm

As the global workforce and the labor market continues to change in its composition, habits, and tools, the HR sector must adapt to the changing needs of their employees. This will consequently lead to more HR opportunities and roles in the future.

The COVID-19 crisis led organizations and their people to adapt to new ways of working and living. Even though the full implications are not clarified yet, the pandemic is set to push workforce transformation at an unprecedented speed and also raise the demand for digitally enabled jobs. HR leader roles will be core to this massive transformation.