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feature Looking Ahead 10 Years: Top Challenges Facing HR HR Professional taps the experts for their take on the trends and their advice about how to meet the challenges head on BY JAMES CARELESS H ow will HR evolve in the next 10 years, and how will demands on HR professionals and their departments change in that same time period? We asked a few of the members of the incoming HR Professional Editorial Advisory Board for their input. Here’s what they told us. experience,” says Joseph (Val) D’Sa, manager of administration, compensation & benefits with the York Region District School Board. “Organizations that have not foreseen this change and have not prepared for it will pay a heavy price.” This is why HR professionals will need to “create tools and a working environment to manage effective knowledge sharing/transfer between generations,” says Melissa Sonberg, SVP global brand, communications and external affairs with Aimia (formerly Groupe Aeroplan). At the same time, the retirement of the boomers will allow “people with numeracy, organizational change and strategic skills to move into senior HR roles,” notes Eric Cousineau, managing director of OCG Strategy & Organization Consulting. HOW WILL HR EVOLVE OVER THE NEXT DECADE? The twin forces of an aging workforce and technological advances will pose some unique challenges to HR professionals over the next 10 years. “During this period, the boomers will be retiring; depriving organizations of a wealth of knowledge and “During this period, the boomers will be retiring; depriving organizations of a wealth of knowledge and experience.” Joseph (Val) D’Sa This is why HR professionals will need to “create tools and a working environment to manage effective knowledge sharing/ transfer between generations.” Melissa Sonberg 30 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 H R PROF E S SION A L To make this generational passing of knowledge happen smoothly, retiring boomers should “gradually reduce their working hours or days to preserve continuity,” says Mary Ann Baynton, program director, GreatWest Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. Such a graceful withdrawal from working life could

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - September 2013

Editor’s Letter
Leadership Matters
Upfront
Legal Words
Benefits
Embracing Loss: Succession Planning for Sudden Departures
Motivating Gen Y
Looking Ahead 10 Years: Top Challenges Facing HR
Making Connections for Immigrant HR Professionals
Interview with an HR Hero: Rod Jackson, MPP
Innovation
Off the Shelf
The Last Word

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