I suppose that I do need to put together a list of things I’m especially interested in this year. Many of these are already trends. Some of these will never be, but are things perhaps only I am interested in. Other ideas might actually emerge in 2008.
- The War for Talent: People will realize that there is no war for talent. In fact, this war is just a misnomer for our inability to develop the best. Therefore we have to try and steal the best from elsewhere. Rather than calling it a war for talent, why don’t we just concentrate on talent management?
- Innovation: I’ll continue to be interested in innovation and collaboration models. First of all, they are interesting topics. Second, and more importantly, these are concrete areas where the workforce strategy meets up with the business strategy. It’s our best shot in HR to gain greater access to the business. We should be paying more attention to these and other opportunities like them.
- Web 2.0: Yes, I’m sick of it too. I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t want vendors to talk about it, and I certainly don’t want to hear anything about Web 3.0. However, I do want to SEE what everyone is going to do with this. The re-visioning of how applications work and create more usable spaces for practitioners, employees and managers is very exciting. Let’s cut the jargon and just make it happen.
- HR Service Delivery: We seem to be focusing on a few too many things. Between technology implementations, workforce planning, the “war” for talent, and other initiatives, some of us have forgotten that our HR function and service delivery model are not working. If the core is not working, all of our strategies are just band aids. It’s time to look at service delivery again.
- The Vendor Space: I just can’t resist this. I’m looking for more consolidation as well as more innovation. While we need to service delivery model to be effective, the vendors are also providing us with incremental improvements every time they have a new release. We just can’t ignore the benefit they provide to the HR function, and I’ll continue to watch them closely.
There you go. That’s my short list, and while I’m sure everyone else will come out with a list too, these 5 should sum it up for me. Let’s have a great year.