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The "Future of Work" is a construct based on three major components - future or forthcoming changes in work method ("what" is done), the makeup of the worker population ("who does the work"), and the location of the workplace ("where the work is done") . Because strategic planning is a future-focused effort, projecting potential changes and the impact of trends on these three components is a valuable exercise. When developing an HR Strategic Plan, the longer-term implications of these three "meta-trends" should be included as a way to ensure that the HR organization's thinking continues to be either in step with, or ahead of that of the business.
The expansion of automation and introduction of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies into existing workflows is designed to augment human thinking and decision making, and as such, will necessitate job changes. The strategy should take the possible applications of this into both future skills and staffing requirements.