Play It Again Sam – Looking Through HR’s Crystal Ball – Prediction Nine of Nine – New Design & Focus for Professional Development
In the January/February issue of HR Magazine, Josh Bersin with Deloitte, makes nine predictions of “what’s in store for HR in 2015.” This is part nine of a series of nine articles looking at each of these predictions.
Mr. Bersin’s article on professional development concentrates on HR. His suggestions are
- Reduce the number of HR generalists and replace them with HR business partners
- Change the focus from “centers of expertise” to “networks of expertise”
- Concentrate hiring and training on the new competencies of high impact HR teams
The article goes on to briefly discuss how HR needs to become more of a business partner. The way to achieve this is to become “bold, innovative, and forward-thinking.” Where have we heard THAT tune before? At any rate, Mr. Bersin was not suggesting that development be restricted to HR. In order for development to be effective, it must be embedded in an organization’s DNA. Trends or predictions, affect the entire organization, not just one department.
The American Management Association has 10 predictions of its own about development.