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FUTURIST: LYNDA GRATTON
says. She is seeing this happen to her, personally. “I ’m 61 and if
I compare myself at this age and my grandmother at 61, she was
old. But I am working at the London Business School and a lot of
my peers are in their 30s. We dress the same and we talk about
some of the same things. As people of different ages engage in the
same activity, you find the friction decreases.”
The increase in Jane’s longevity, coupled with the rampant pace
of technological change, introduces a new set of challenges for
HR professionals. From recruitment to retention to retirement,
and everything in bet ween, new processes will have to be
developed to provide an organisation’s f low of human resources
and, to encourage individuals to manage their own life stages.
Consider mentoring, Gratton says. In the past we have thought
about mentoring as a top-down process. It is the job of the more
experienced staff member to mentor the promising, younger
employee. But if a 65-year-old doesn’t have a good grasp of
technology then the 25-year-old becomes the mentor, so the
process must naturally become t wo-way.
“It is imperative that HR understands the life of Jane and what
it means to have 1000 Janes in your organisation,” says Gratton.
“H R management roles will become more fascinating and
creative. Managing the career of Jane is a lot more difficult than
managing Jack, and will require more skills and a more tailored
way of thinking about current practices and processes.”
WHAT WILL THE WORLD OF WORK
LOOK LIKE FOR OUR CHILDREN –
AND OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN?
Top companies are pooling their knowledge and
resources to make an educated guess about what the
jobs of the future will be, and how we can adapt our
current working practices.
The Future of Work, a research consortium launched by
Lynda Gratton in 2009, brings together leading professionals
from high-profile organisations, such as Shell and Coca-Cola,
to predict what work will look like in the future and adapt
their work practices to attract and engage the best global
talent. Over the past five years, FoW has collaborated with
more than 85 member organisations in countries as diverse as
India, China and South Africa.
Each year FoW examines several themes in detail. This
year, besides The 100-year Life, FoW is exploring The
Collaborative Imperative. An increasing number of teams
have to collaborate virtually on complex projects. As a result,
management teams now see strong collaborative capabilities
as a must-have rather than a nice-to-have. However, few
organisations are geared towards fostering collaborative ways
of working. Talent Innovation is the third area for research
and will examine the jobs of the future, the frontier markets
for talent and the progression of Gen Y into the workplace.
Academic and business insights will translate these shifts into
what they really mean for the employers of tomorrow.
For more information:
Professor Lynda Gratton will be appearing at the
2016 A HR I National Convention & Exhibition that, this year,
is being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
from 3-5 Augu st 2016. Earlybird registration closes Monday,
30 May. Registration closes Friday, 22 July.
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Applications close 20 May.
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