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Continuous, dramatic changes in the labor force, increased outsourcing and even more rapid technological advancements are ahead for the workplace in 2008 and beyond, according to a recently released WorldatWork white paper.
Based on its review of literature on future trends, WorldatWork came upon two consistent themes—technology and what it termed the “global scope of opportunity”—that will affect how an employer attracts, motivates and retains employees.
“In every book or article the [WorldatWork] team reviewed, the fact of the global scope of opportunity was a given,” according to The Future of Attraction, Motivation and Retention: A Literature Review.
This “will enable individuals, corporations and nations to interact more quickly and easily than ever before,” the team wrote. WorldatWork is an association of HR professionals from Fortune 500 and other organizations.
Regarding technology, “the futurists all agree that the end of the exponential leaps in technology is nowhere to be seen. Not only will the world be connected; it will be intensely networked.”
WorldatWork compiled the following predictions—some of which, it noted, may have already come about at more progressive organizations:
Some of the implications of those predictions, it writes, are:
It is clear, WorldatWork writes, “that HR talent will need to evolve,” including expanding beyond basic operations and administration, “in order to respond to the needs of organizations and workers of the future.”
That calls for, it says, “strategic and analytic wisdom, deep appreciation for measurable effectiveness, and keen judgment despite myriad choices.”
Kathy Gurchiek is associate editor for HR News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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