According to this press release, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has developed a report that looks at four scenarios for the workplace in the year 2015. Based on based on business competition and the availability of talent and organizational structure, SHRM believes that these scenarios may help prepare HR professionals for future business requirements and what key competencies in HR will be needed to help their companies succeed a decade from now. Snippets:
Each scenario represents the role the HR professional will have to play in the workplace of the future as well as the different challenges and opportunities for organizations and their people strategies.
Scenario A: Casting Director
With scarce U.S. talent and self-organizing firms, organizations are based on ad-hoc networks of workers around a small core.
Scenario B: Global Dealmaker
With a surplus of labor and decentralized organizational structures, HR must manage relationships among a workforce spread throughout different geographic regions and across international lines.
Scenario C: Caregiver
Uncertain times lead to a return of centralized, hierarchical organizational. The organization acts as parent to its employees and HR works to protect and provide for employees.
Scenario D: Systems Integrator
Advances in technology lead to layoffs and "jobless prosperity" in the U.S. HR works closely with IT to maximize human-machine performance and helps
employees adapt to dehumanizing change.