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Trends and Changes in HR



I have been asked to present a one hour workshop on the emerging changes from the last year on HR and those to come in next year or so.Do people agree that the following is a good listing.Any others? Thank you


Age Discrimination Directive
Work and Family Act


Queens Speech -Changes to Disciplinary and then Tribunal Procedures
Welfare Benefiit Reforms

David Carmichael

6 Responses

  1. here I go again
    Sorry not to answer your question but….
    if “trends and changes” in HR is predominantly interpreted as “keeping up with the law” then perhaps a suitable workshop topic might be….
    “Why bother having an HR profession? Why not just employ a lawyer?”

  2. Trends in HR
    Many changes evolve over time so I am not sure I could isolate many to just one year. However, here are a few that have gained prominence this year:
    Employee Engagement
    HR’s role in sustainability
    Organisation design
    Flexible benefits

    I guess measuring effectiveness of HR, talent management, pensions, leadership development, outsourcing, shared services, e-hr and business partnering are still high on the agenda too.

    Looking to the future I think there will be more interest in security, a resurgence of interest in management skills/development, and HR trying to support a culture of innovation.


  3. Strategic Partner
    Building on the previous comments, I believe your workshop should stay well away from the legal (and dare I say it “stereotypical”) aspects of the role and focus on the overwhelming need for HR to become more strategic.

    I’d entitle your workshop, “How Can HR Become a Strategic Business Partner?” Look back by all means (to challenge HR’s “traditional role”), but look to what the business goals are for the year ahead and how HR can truly partner with the business to drive growth, etc.

  4. client expectations
    I think that before you complete your ‘list’ you go back to the ‘client’ and clarify expectations. It is all very well looking to change things to become more strategic if the client wants and needs a list of ‘legal stuff’ on the horizon.

    I would ask the following:
    who are the audience?
    what other topics are running?
    what would be their expectations?
    what would a successful presentation look like?
    are there any ‘must cover’ and ‘must not cover’ topics?

    Then you will be in a much stronger position to ask questions here.
    Good luck

  5. Flexible working
    Agree with all the comments made on audience, and reasons to do it in the first place but would add flexible working as an emerging trend, including some of the pros and cons.


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