What will Human Resources look like in 2019? Well, it's not as if we are going to go through some huge renaissance, but it's an ever-changing field--especially when it comes to tech.

At Unleash (an HR Technology Conference) last fall, I grabbed some industry leaders and got a few words about their vision for HR in 2019. Here's what they said:

Mary Ellen Slayter, Owner Rep Cap: What I hope is going to happen is that HR stops being dragged behind in terms of digital transformation and take their rightful place leading it.

Andy Campbell, HCM Strategy Director at Oracle: If 2018 was the year of the robot, then 2019 is likely to be the year of the algorithm. The initial hype over AI and machine learning will be replaced by greater scrutiny over issues such as addressing unconscious bias and ensuring true inclusivity. Then this exciting technology will really start to enter the mainstream.

Erwin Van der Vlist, Founder Speakap: HR will move to people enablement and technology is not the most important thing: It is subordinate to the people.

Sean Jackson, Founder and CEO Sift: The future of HR is flatter organizations and more decision making on the edge. Peer to peer. Most people only know the 10 to 15 people you work with, but we will need a way to reach out to other people.

Dorothy Dalton, CEO 3Plus International: A lot will depend on economic buoyancy.  The market is currently candidate driven, with many companies struggling to hire the right talent with reports of skill set shortages. This means that HR is going to have to up its game in relation to hiring practices and be more creative. As a function, we will also have to focus on enhancing workplace culture to reduce attrition.  Inclusion and psychological safety will continue to trend and hopefully, we see more impactful initiatives to address sexual harassment.

Erik van Vulpen, Founder Analytics in HR: I think 2019 will be the year in which people analytics becomes even more mainstream and in which Human Resource departments will realize that an active role in supporting the company's digital strategy is a must. We will see a lot of developments in those two spaces.

Paul Bhogal, VP Business Development HR Path: I think 2019 will be the year we find out that AI is not what we think it is in HR.

Christian de Ward,  Sales Director: Effectory. The employee knows best. Don't think for your employees. Ask for what they need. I'm afraid we're moving further down the path to using tech as an enabler.

Anne Fulton, CEO/ Co founder. Fuel50:  the future of HR in 2019 is to game change the employee career experience.

What do you think? Is this what HR looks like to you now? Overall, while tech is important, it's clear that even leaders in HR tech know that people are the most important thing. It looks like HR is putting the human back into it.

Published on: Jan 11, 2019