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HR Needs to Design Work For the Technology Age

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A few weeks ago, I published an article about the four different strategies organizations can use when hiring talent – buy, build, borrow, and bots. I’ve been thinking about the article and the implications for HR go beyond just hiring. We have to learn how to design jobs differently.

I believe that human resources is the architect of work. They help the organization design good jobs. Jobs that people want to do, that are interesting, and help the organization achieve its goals. But in today’s technology age, that means we need to design jobs with technology in mind. Makes sense, right?

Here’s the thing. For HR to design jobs for the technology age, they need to know technology. Granted, I don’t know that they need to be an engineer, have a computer science degree, or even know how to code. But they do need to stay current with trends in technology and expose themselves to new technologies.

And I’m not talking about the latest app or social media platform. While those are good things to know, the technologies that will change job design are innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR). IMHO, these are technologies that change how software is designed and used. Hence, changing the way we do business.

I know we put a lot on the plates of human resources. They need to be a member of the management team and an employee advocate. They need to demonstrate emotional intelligence and competence in speaking the numbers. HR needs to have the marketing chops to attract candidates and now we want them to know technology as well. It’s a tall order. Couple of things for HR pros to remember:

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