Welcome to the #5 issue of the Evolving Future of Work: Running the Workplace Like a Conference, It’s Not HR’s Job to be Strategic, and Critical Skills for When Computers Take Over the World.

Each week Jane Chung, Cofounder and CEO of Perked!, shares the top 3 innovations with the power to transform workplace culture.

1. What If Being At Work Is Like Attending a TED Talk?

Tim Leberecht, author of international bestseller “The Business Romantic” and two-time TED speaker explores the five things business leaders can learn from conference curators to create more engaging workplaces. Afterall, “in business, every day is an event” and your employees’ time and attention are the most precious resources. In designing workplaces more like conferences, we can create engaging workplaces where work is about the quality and not quantity of time. To do so, we need to focus on five key areas: create intimate experiences, gather around purpose, tell stories, design for serendipity, and give up control.


2. It’s Not HR’s Job To Be Strategic

HR is increasingly asking for a “seat at the table” when it comes to strategic decision making, but business leaders’ perception of value in the HR function is surprisingly low. In a PwC study, only 34% said that HR is well-prepared to take advantage of transformational trends. Sean Graber, cofounder and CEO of Virtuali, suggests that HR, at least in its current form, should not be a strategic partner. Instead, he contends that HR needs to be reorganized as a “service delivery model” that considers the underlying mindset required to make key decisions. What do you think?


 3. Crucial Skills For When Computers Take Over The World

While technological skills are the focus of today’s innovative companies, it is not farfetched to imagine that these very skills will become commoditized as computers automate more and more of these tasks. Nonetheless, there are some skills that even computers cannot replace, and these will become even more valuable in the future. Tom Perrault, the Chief People Officer of Rally Health, hypothesize that similar to how companies compete for coders, data scientists, and engineers today, they will soon be rushing to hire those who have high levels of creativity, empathy, listening, and vision.