—EAPM President Bob Morton makes his WorldLink debut with an important editorial on the political and economic upheavals and tensions caused by the region’s migration issues and, more recently, by the Brexit vote. He stresses that Europe faces major uncertainty that greatly impacts the world of work and our people as never before, and our role as HR professionals is to help our organizations navigate these extremely challenging times.
— Katharina Heuer and Christian Lorenz of Germany’s DGFP discuss “Arbeit 4.0”—the bright, new, tech-driven working world of today. Leading employees through this rapidly evolving landscape calls on the C-suite, HR, social partners and political players to come together to demonstrate the cooperation they so often tout, rather than the “go-it-alone” adversarial approach they so often actually take.
— Brexit is the word striking dread and anxiety in the hearts of European employees and employers alike. The implications are far from known at this stage, but Ben Willmott, who leads CIPD’s public policy team, advises employers not to freeze. HR must help their organizations focus now on investing in people, in processes and in equipment that will boost productivity and improve the resilience of businesses and the economy through trying times.
—Dr. Marko Kesti, professor of Administrative Science at the University of Lapland, describes his research on how digitized HR tools—from automated data collection to learning games for leaders—can empower people managers and even solve the workplace productivity problem currently plaguing Finland’s private sector companies within two years.
—How much time do leaders spend actually leading? Precious little, according to Henrik Øhrn and Paal Leveraas of HR Norge. They write about the rapid pace of change that is influencing business life and the need to question our ability to get productive quicker, get results faster and change more effectively with the kind of leadership we are now executing and the amount of time spent doing it.
—A smart office is a happy, productive office, in the experience of Latvian information and communication technology company Lattelecom. HR Director Ingrida Rone takes us through the consolidation and transformation of their headquarters into a colorful model that blends technology, flexibility and humanity.
—Bob Morton’s article highlights the excitement as we move towards the World HR Congress in Istanbul, but also the reality of the uncertain security situation there which we all need to consider. PERYON has organized a great Congress in extremely difficult times.