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  • Writer's pictureSile O'Donnell

Leading change in new territory

The following is a blog post I created as part of a daily challenge run by the People Profession 2030 Hackathon - Day 1 challenge: read Peter’s blog - what does the future look like to you?

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For me the most important aspect of this trend is diversity, equality and real inclusion. Regardless of the uncertainties in the current environment, these will remain critical.  

What other factors impact this trend (i.e. factors that will either accelerate it or disrupt it)? As HR professionals we need to stay focused on what matters most and move beyond statements of intent. For example, after the death of George Floyd, we saw many corporate statements endorsing #BLM. HR leaders must have the courage to move beyond platitudes to real actions and change. That means taking a much more fundamental look at organisational culture rather than reacting to events. 

How might this trend impact the work of the people profession? I think we should remember our core purpose which for me is set out clearly in the CIPD profession map - ‘The fundamental purpose of the people profession is to champion better work and working lives. Creating roles, opportunities, organisations and working environments that help get the best out of people, delivering great organisational outcomes, in turn driving our economies, and making good, fair and inclusive work a societal outcome’. We need to educate ourselves about diversity and not be afraid to ask questions, have conversations and find out what the lived experiences of our employees and potential employees are.

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