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HR Tech Conference 2021: What are the HR tech jobs of the future?

Steve Boese, HR Tech Conference chair
Steve Boese
Steve Boese is HRE's Inside HR Tech columnist and chair of HRE’s HR Technology Conference®. He also writes a blog and hosts the HR Happy Hour Show, a radio program and podcast.

One of my favorite HR and “future of work” articles in recent memory is titled 21 HR Jobs of the Future. It was written by Jeanne Meister and Robert Brown and published last year by the Harvard Business Review. The article presented the results of nearly a year of research and consultation with about 100 CHROs, Chief Learning Officers and Talent VPs to create a vision of how HR’s role could evolve and transform over the next decade. The authors and researchers then used the information and ideas generated in their information-gathering sessions to create their initial list of the 21 new HR jobs of the future, along with the responsibilities and skills required to succeed in each new role.

Jeanne Meister

It is a fantastic piece and after reading it, I reached out to Meister, who agreed to talk about the report at HR Tech this fall. She and several HR leaders already working in some of these new roles will share their insights in a session titled “The HR Jobs of the Future are Happening Now.” This will be a great session and, I predict, one of the highlights of the conference.
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One reason we decided that this conversation would be perfect for HR Tech was that so many of the new jobs identified in the report have significant technical aspects and require new tech skills. Look at just some of the jobs identified in the report: Chatbot and Human Facilitator, HR Data Detective, Algorithm Bias Officer, VR Immersion Counselor. All will require extensive technology skills and, if the report is correct, will represent important functions for HR in the near future.

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In the report, and in the session at HR Tech, many of the key themes about the future of HR and the new HR roles will be explored. Some of them present new challenges and important opportunities for HR leaders in the increasingly complex, technical and fast-changing world of work. I recommend reading the article and urge you to place this session on your agenda for HR Tech in September. (Learn more about the session and register for the conference here.)

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One more thing: Please join me at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 10, when I will present a free HR Tech Conference “Sneak Peek” webinar to preview the conference. I will share some of my tips and tricks for maximizing your experience and I will answer your questions about the event. For details and to register, visit hrtechconference.com.