The Future of HR seen through two different lenses

A research report in collaboration with world class CHROs, renowned thinkers and HR practitioners about the changes in the HR space.

In our latest research at KennedyFitch, in partnership with Gaurav Gupta, Global HR Director at AkzoNobel, we set out to look more closely at the future of Human Resources, at the disruptive changes taking place and their impact on the future world of work.

Taking time to step back and inquire the bigger picture feels like a privilege in today’s rhythms of work. But we made it our mission to go out and bring you the thinking of some of the best professionals we know.

Our goal was to discover if the near future of HR and the world of work look the same for two distinct groups of people – HR practitioners and “thinkers”- by interviewing world class CHROs and renowned thinkers, and surveying over 100 HR practitioners, business managers and consultants. This report explores their responses, where they agreed and where they differed, outlining the changes they expect to see taking place in the HR space up to the end of 2025.

We asked the real questions: Is HR still relevant? What will it be accountable for in 2025? How is “HR as we know it” shifting and what broader societal changes are behind that? What do we need to let go of and how will the function evolve?

We would like to express our gratitude to those who generously gave us their time, knowledge and insights for this study: Rosa Lee (Bosch), Aisling Tellard (OurTandem), Piyush Mehta (Genpact), Jean-Christophe Deslarzes (the Adecco Group), Krish Shankar (Infosys), Marten Booisma (ex-AkzoNobel), Ravin Jesuthasan (Mercer), Anette Bohm (KBC), David Ulrich, Josh Bersin, Tom Haak, Volker Jacobs (TI People), Naomi Stanford, Laure Roberts (Syngenta), Jonathan Kestenbaum (TalentTech) and Bob Aubrey.

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