The Workplace of The Future: Forecasting Trends That Will Shape Human Resources

September 27, 2012 HR Law Consultants Conference
Session 1: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
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Kevin Wheeler, an internationally renowned consultant and speaker on workplace issues, will identify future workplace trends that will challenge our view of the workplace and transform the role of human resources. These include: 1) Social business trends that will place more emphasis on trust, transparency and collaborative discussion and idea generation; 2) Social leadership in the workplace will be more concurrent, collaborative, compassionate and collective, and emphasize sharing of responsibility and decision making because of the increasing complexity of problems and the impossibility of one person understanding all the variables; 3) Transparency, analytics, and privacy issues will emerge as social structures and shared methods will redefine notions of employer confidentiality and employee privacy and the internet continues to collect, aggregate, maintain and open up information stored in the past and present; 4) The concept of an "employee" will be redefined in an era of open relationships and social business when contingent and part-time workers are rapidly approaching the majority of all workers; and 5) Working smarter and weaving together knowledge from data, people, and life will transform workplaces, which will become hubs of discourse and sharing and where people can accumulate experience, get information, and experiment collectively to redefine what we now call learning, training and development. Wheeler provides his vision of how each of these concepts will impact the workplace of tomorrow and the role of human resources in the future.

Kevin Wheeler Kevin Wheeler, President & Founder of Global Learning Resources, Inc., is an internationally renowned workplace consultant and speaker on human resources topics, who hosts an exclusive, invitation-only forum called the Future of Talent ( for human capital practitioners that explores emerging technologies and practices for talent acquisition and development. He is the author of hundreds of articles on talent management, career development, recruiting, human capital, leadership and on corporate universities and learning strategies. He has contributed to several books including a chapter on leadership and recruiting in On Staffing: Advice and Perspectives for HR Leaders, published by Wiley in 2004. His latest book is entitled, "The Corporate University Workbook: Launching the 21st Century Learning Organization," published by Pfeiffer, Inc. Mr. Wheeler has a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development and was a research affiliate at SRI International and at the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, CA. He founded two corporate universities and served as adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and on the business faculty at San Francisco State University. He has served on the National Board of Directors for the American Society of Training Development and other boards.

Mr. Wheeler works with organizations to establish learning strategies, corporate universities, succession plans, strategic staffing programs, and human capital architectures. He has an extensive national and international consulting practice with Yahoo, Eli Lilly, Corning, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company, Edwards Lifesciences, Federated Department Stores, BP, and organizations in China, New Zealand, Australia and El Salvador. He was the Senior VP for Staffing and Workforce Development at the Charles Schwab Corporation, VP of HR for Alphatec Electronics, Inc. and spent 16 years at National Semiconductor Corporation in a variety of HR roles, including as the Director of National Semiconductor University.