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    SHRM Foundation Identifies Future Global Trends

    In 2013, the SHRM Foundation launched a new strategic thought leadership initiative to help HR professionals prepare for future changes. Working with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Foundation began a multiphase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to affect the workplace in the next 5-10 years. They conducted a rigorous process of surveys, expert panel discussions and analysis to identify key themes. The following three critical themes were identified from this process:

    1. Evolution of Work and the Worker. The globalization of business, changing demographics and changing patterns of mobility will continue to change the nature of work and the worker.

    2. Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce. Cultural integration and clashes/unrest will continue to grow globally at both a societal and a corporate level.

    3. Use of Talent Analytics for Competitive Advantage. Talent shortages will continue to grow globally, requiring HR to become the provider of human capital analytics for input to strategic business decision-making.

    Now that the trends have been identified, the Foundation is focusing on informing “what’s next,” and promoting more evidence-based research to identify solutions for the resulting HR challenges. An extensive report on Theme 1, the Evolution of Work and the Worker is now available for complimentary download.

    Two similar reports will be released later in the year to provide evidence for the next two themes. These reports will provide insights to help leaders plan more effectively for the future. In addition, these data present excellent background information for students and researchers who wish to study the many questions raised. Additional articles and reports will be created to identify specific implications for HR and to guide future research on these themes. Download your complimentary report and read more about this initiative at