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Welcome to issue #4 of The Digital HR Leader...

Which I’m typing from New York City where I am for a few days before heading down to Philadelphia for the Wharton People Analytics Conferencemore of which later.
What skills does HR need in the future?
Last week saw the publication of 
our report into the HR Skills of the FutureThere’s no doubt that the HR function needs to change, becoming more digital and analytical to deliver greater business value. The HR professionals that participated in the research certainly seemed to recognise this as the headline findings of the report below demonstrate. Read Jonathan Ferrar’s analysis  before downloading your free copy of the report.

Learning from outside HR
If HR is to become more digital and data-driven, there is plenty that we can learn from other business functions such as marketing. That ‘outside-in’ inspiration is one of the features of the 
Wharton People Analytics Conference, which I’ll be attending in Philadelphia this week. This is one of my personal highlights of the year as the program is at the cutting edge of people analytics. If you want to get a flavour of what’s on offer, check out Adam Grant’s three challenges for the profession 
from his closing remarks at last year’s conference. If you’re going to be in Philadelphia, I’ll see you there.
Until next time!


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“Reports provide data; analytics provide insight,” 
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The objective of this course is to provide you with a solid foundation of what the rise of new vendors incorporating AI and machine learning means to HR and how to consider building such tools into your digital HR strategy. On completing this e-learning module you will become much more fluent in understanding what the impact of AI is on HR and how the Future of Work is impacting all of our lives.
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