Hacking HR and HRtechX share many core beliefs and incentives. Can you give us a brief introduction into your reasons of founding HackingHR?
Hacking HR was founded to create a global community of HR leaders and practitioners to learn, discuss, collaborate and share knowledge, ideas and projects at the intersection of future of work, technology, business and people. Our motto of “Creating the best HR that has ever existed” has evolved to “creating the best workplace that has ever existed”. We are creating communities all around the world and our goal is to have 200 chapters in 2019.
What is your current assessment of the HR function, generally speaking? What has already happened in the last 5 years and what still needs to be further developed?
We are living in a new world of work and experiencing a rate of change never seen before. Technology is dramatically impacting the work place, but the changes are not limited to technology.
It is demographic shifts, a new geopolitical setting where developing countries are becoming a powerful economic force, climate change, among other factors, are creating a very complex scenario for companies and, in particular, for HR. In the past five years HR has become the center of attention for many leaders, companies, startups and investors. HR was the last business unit to catch up with innovation and the future of work, but today it is at the forefront.
Hacking HR is active all around the globe with events in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. Do you see global differences of topics or are the questions and problems the same?
Yes. That’s actually why a global community is so critical. There are many challenges that are the same all across the world., and even though we are tackling them in different ways depending on the region, keeping in mind the global perspective is very useful. For example, how to humanize the workplace? How to keep the workforce relevant? How to keep HR valuable? How to keep our organizations thriving?
How do we approach a powerful transition into the “future of work” where many people could potentially be unemployed, putting more and more pressure on governments, tax payers, etc. Those challenges can’t be resolved individually by any HR function, nor by any company, industry or country. These are global challenges that require a global perspective.
Which developments in HR are you currently most excited about?
Putting humans in the center of all we do. That’s what excites me the most. There’s an amazing transition from focusing on things, processes, systems and technology to focusing on the human. And that’s exciting. A lot of people in HR and business are focused on technology. But the role of technology is to augment our human capacities and doing so requires an extreme focus on how people operate. That’s why I am excited to see the shift for processes/systems to humans.
If you must give one advise to every HR leader out there, what would that advise be?
Embrace chaos, change, volatility. Learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, because the pace of change is only going to accelerate, and the future of work will require leaders that are capable of thriving in chaos.