There was a time when letters were the only way to communicate, then phones came into the picture, then email. At each of those stages, we never imagined how different work, or life for that matter, could be. So what can we look forward to in terms of the way we work, recruit, and operate in HR? Here are some things people are seeing in their crystal balls. Enjoy this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup, focusing on the future.

1) Netflix’s Former Top Recruiter on the Workplace of the Future from Wall Street Journal

"Right now, thanks to social media, we have a connection with customers that we’ve never had before—instant feedback on how a company is doing. As a result, you’re going to see a tighter connection between what people do and who they serve. We’re not going to have silo departments within a company that operate on their own and never see the outside world. And we need to educate our employees accordingly by teaching them how the entire business works and how they fit into the machine. I’d rather have employees spend one hour learning how a company makes its money than sit through a yearlong course on conflict management. Knowing how a business works will help employees understand why decisions are made, and that goes a long way toward improving performance. Corporate jargon does nothing but slow us down, and it’s the exact opposite of the transparency and openness we’re going to see more of in the future."

2) A Company With Zero Turnover? Yes, It's Possible. Here's How from Inc. 

"4-year-old Wallaby Financial has never fired an employee or had one quit. If you're like most bosses, your two least favorite activities are hiring and firing. Wouldn't it be great if you never had to replace an ex-employee again? That may sound far-fetched, but it's doable, according to Matthew Goldman, founder of Wallaby Financial, an app that helps consumers determine as they shop which credit cards to use to maximize their rewards. The 13-person company was founded in 2012 and acquired by BankRate in 2014. Since its founding, Wallaby has had zero turnover--no employee has ever left the company, and none has ever been fired."

3) Why The CEO Of Fiverr Thinks The Future Of Work Is About The Gig Economy from Forbes

"Today’s guest on The Future of Work Podcast is Micha Kaufmann, the CEO ofFiverr, which started off as a website where you could get any digital (and some physical) task done for $5. Now it has become a true freelance marketplace that has expanded well beyond that original concept. Today many organizations and individuals are using the site to both find top talent and find gigs. With the popularity of websites like Fiverr, Micha and I discuss why the gig economy is thefuture of work."

4) Is a space nook at Facebook the future of work? from The Sydney Morning Herald

"One word best describes Facebook's massive new headquarters: Yuck. The tech giant's new digs, the world's largest open-office workspace, will please innovation geeks who say these designs encourage greater collaboration and transparency. Beancounters who salivate at the prospect of more staff being jammed into workspaces, and organisations paying less rent, will appreciate the office's absence of cubicle walls or partitions, and the small desks with little or no room for personal belongings. Twenty-somethings who have never experienced the joy of working in a small office, being able to close a door when they want to concentrate, having a desk to call their own and personal belongings on it, might not even care."

5) Human Resource Titles Are Disappearing, Here's Why from Forbes

"I recently returned from speaking at conferences in Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of themes in conversation that kept coming to the forefront was “What is going to happen to HR?” HR stands for Human Resources and it is that very title that is starting to disappear. Currently, this can be seen in a number of organizations. For example, Cisco has a Chief People Officer instead of a Chief HR Officer. Airbnb has a Chief Employee Experience Officer, and organizations like Pandora have entire functions and roles devoted to the employee experience."

Lexi Gordon is a Lead Consultant for exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps organizations build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about our employer brand innovation, workforce research, and recruiting strategy offerings.

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