Future Fit Human Resources Development Programme

Our 12-module learning programme for HR and People practitioners is designed to provide HR teams with the knowledge of the systemic trends and developments related to organisations, and how the People function needs to change to be relevant for the digital age.

The Challenges

The world of work has changed drastically over the past few decades, and all are in agreement that the intention is to create more employee-centric, high performing and agile organisations. But many Human Resources teams are still caught up in outdated thinking, philosophies, and policies and business leaders are frustrated by the slow progress in modernising people practices.

The Solutions

As organisations become more future fit, Human Resources teams need to do the same. GrayFeather Consulting has developed a 12-module learning programme for HR practitioners to:
  • Develop awareness of the major forces that are impacting and changing organisations.
  • Understand the changes happening to work and work design.
  • Learn about modern emerging organisational models.
  • Understand the role of culture and the ways to manage and evolve futuristic cultures.
  • Learn about digital HR, emerging digital trends in people systems, and view examples of new HR apps.
  • Learn how to become agile as an HR team and how agile affects all current HR processes.

The Ask from Modern HR Teams

Strategic Partner
  • People and productivity solution designer
  • Future capability planner
  • Organisational transformation expert
Employee Champion
  • Employee engagement expert
  • Employee relations facilitator
  • Employee experience designe
Talent Enabler
  • Continuous change facilitator
  • Mentor and advisor
  • People potential nurturer
Solution Executor
  • People insight utiliser
  • Agile solutions deployer
  • Digital visionary & enable champion

Programme Modules

The programme has been designed to provide Human Resources teams with the knowledge of the systemic trends and developments related to organisations, and also with the necessary knowledge of domains that are traditionally not part of an average HR practitioner’s work, such as digital, metrics, and job design.
Module 1:
The New World of Work
Module 2:
The Evolving Role of Human Resources
Module 3:
A Human View of Employees
Module 4:
A Fresh Perspective of Organisational Culture
Module 5:
Emerging Organisational Models and Designs
Module 6:
Emerging thinking skills for the 4th IR.
Module 7:
Understanding Jobs and Job Design in the 4th IR.
Module 8:
Emerging Leadership Paradigms
Module 9:
A Digital Primer for HR
Module 10:
Business Basics for Organisational Architects
Module 11:
HR Metrics and Analytics for HR Practitioners
Module 12:
Approaching HR in an Agile way

Overview of Modules

Each module is presented in person or virtually and consists of a learner guide, workbook, and 5 articles that form pre-reading for the module. During the sessions, teams are encouraged to apply what they are learning to their environment and to produce plans, goals, and activities to modernize their HR.
  • Living in exponential times – the causes and impact of VUCA.
  • The changing nature of work and the workplace of the future.
  • The emerging empowered employee and their expectations.
  • The evolution of jobs and the impact of Robotic Process Automation (RPA).
  • The GIG economy and how it will affect employment.
  • The new purpose of HR.
  • An overview of the current HR trends and developments.
  • Changing HR delivery models and HR team designs.
  • The type of roles that will constitute future HR teams.
  • The new role of the HR Business Partner.
  • Other emerging HR roles.
  • Understanding workplace behaviour through basic neuroscience insights.
  • The emotional brain and how feelings and emotions drive the agenda of organisational politics.
  • Understanding how motivation and employee engagement drives success in modern organisations.
  • Employee diversity as a key factor in workplace success.
  • Multiple generation management.
  • The true nature of organisational culture and its impact on organisational performance.
  • Measuring, managing, and evolving organisational culture.
  • New approaches to cultural change and change management.
  • The true nature of a learning culture and how to unleash it.
  • Becoming familiar with the attributes of high-performance cultures
  • The reasons for the emergence of the democratised organisation.
  • The characteristics and practices of the democratised organisation.
  • An overview of emerging organisational designs – Agile, Holacracy, Team of Teams, Swarm, and Exponential
  • Three case studies of organisational transformation.
  • The transformation journey – a practical roadmap to transform from hierarchy to organism.
  • The nature of complexity.
  • Thinking paradigms for a complex world.
  • Role of creativity and innovation in the modern organisation.
  • Thinking skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution:
    • Problem solving
    • Creativity
    • Critical thinking
  • Strategies to improve these skills in your organisation.
  • The origin of the concept of a job.
  • A revolution in knowledge and skills.
  • The emergence of wicked knowledge domains.
  • The impact of wicked knowledge on resourcing.
  • Capability is the foundation of modern job.
  • Emerging job anomalies.
  • Managing jobs in the post-modern world.
  • Our evolutionary need for leaders.
  • A brief overview of leadership through the millennia.
  • The skill of followership.
  • New conditions requires new leadership skills.
  • Modern leadership styles;
    • Popular thinkers: Brene Brown, Simon Sinek, John C. Maxwell, etc.
  • A critical review of servant leadership.
  • Establishing a leadership pipeline for a digital world.
  • The human experience of IT and how we use IT.
  • Our evolving expectations of IT .
  • The basics of IT architecture for HR:
    • Hardware & peripherals
    • Applications & software
    • Connectivity & SoLoMo
    • Applying digital understanding and knowledge
    • Data and Information
    • Apps
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Internet of things
    • Big Data and analytics
    • Gamification
  • The purpose of a business.
  • Business models, operating models, and strategy.
  • Revenue streams.
  • Customer segments.
  • Business sustainability.
  • The elements of business and commercial acumen.
  • A general overview of reports, metrics, and analytics for HR.
  • What should be measured in Human Resources.
  • The art of the possible in HR analytics.
  • Understanding HR big data, data sources and alternative sources for insights.
  • Combining quantitative and qualitative insights for true understanding of employee perspectives.
  • Add exceptional value to business through HR insights.
  • A whole new HR world.
  • The role of HR defined in modern organisations.
  • Seeing employees in a new light.
  • The new employee management credo.
  • An expanded definition of the HR internal customer.
  • Agile HR.
  • HR processes transformed.
  • Re-inventing employee lifecycle management.

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