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Eyes on the
hen Lynda Gratton last visited
Australia, she did so on AHRI’s
invitation and gave a keynote
presentation at the 2016 national convention in
Brisbane, where she wowed the delegates with the
research she had been doing at London Business
School for a book, The 100-Year Life.
For those who did not hear Lynda’s 2016 talk,
it was premised on the proposition that many
people born now will live to be 100 years old and
that will affect the simple three-stage approach to a
working life of education, work and retirement that
has become traditional.
At the time, it was noted that there were
about half a million people living in their 100s
worldwide, with about 4500 of those in Australia.
The United Nations estimates there will be 3.7
million centenarians globally in 30 years’ time.
All this has consequences for how we support
ourselves as we live longer, but also for H R.
We have five generations that need to work
Baby boomers are now beginning to leave
the workforce in significant numbers,
which is an indication of a marked change,
as their departure creates a precedent for
what we might see going forward. We are
fortunate in securing Gratton to speak at
the 2018 convention this month on the
findings of her new research on the
transformation of workforces.
As I write this, we are working
with the Human Rights Commission,
preparing a joint survey of AHRI
members to gauge perspectives on
the issues of an ageing workforce.
While they are workforce related,
they’re also issues that affect the
national interest and Australia’s
future prosperity in the context of
evidence of widening inequality.
AHRI also touched on some
of the issues earlier this
year in a submission we
made to the Senate Select
Committee on the Future
of Work and Workers.
That submission picked up on the complex issues
that global competitiveness and emerging digital
technologies are introducing into workplaces now
and into the future, as workers are becoming
displaced, new technologies take over jobs and the
gig economy begins to show us what it looks like.
It has been clear for some time that businesses
demand a more skilful HR profession that
can bring greater professional capabilities in
knowledge, skills and behaviours. This is the key
driver behind AHRI’s certification strategy.
The challenge for certified HR practitioners,
along with business leaders and technologists, is
to find solutions whereby, in the words of my UK
counterpart, Peter Cheese, we “make sure that the
future of work is human, and that we are designing
workplaces that make the best of people, not just
the best of clever technology”. Peter will also give a
convention keynote this year.
The insights of these experts can help guide
us as we rewire our organisations for the
future by focusing on how technology
is transforming work in the context
of workers who are living longer and
family structures that are changing.
I have no doubt that each of
the convention presentations, and
the products and services
on display by more
than 100 HR-related
exhibitors, will enrich
our understanding and
inspire the attending
HR professionals who
will be taking up the
challenges of the future
The AHRI convention
is absolutely the place
where H R meets to learn
and exchange ideas, and
I look forward to seeing
you there. •••
Lyn Goodear FAHRI GAICD
Chief executive officer
A SHARED PRESENT
Microsoft recently unveiled its new
giant conference screen display,
which should be on your radar if
you are fitting out an office from
scratch or revamping. It has a
128cm (50.5 -inch) display with a
greater than 4K resolution and 3:2
aspect ratio with extremely thin
bezels. What’s particularly cool is
the way the display rotates to a
portrait format so that video calls
make it seem as if you are standing
next to a colleague who’s in a
remote location. Add to that the
fact that anyone can approach
the screen, log in with fingerprint
recognition and call up their own
work for collaborative projects,
and you get an insight into how the
future of work may look.
19/7/18 3:04 pm
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