Digital transformation is a hot topic that is being widely discussed in many different contexts. Indeed, it was one of the critical themes people professionals identified as impacting the current and future world of work, according to the CIPD People Profession 2030 report.
But what exactly is digital transformation? Why does it matter? How can employers and people professionals prepare themselves, and their organisations, to embrace it and to derive maximum advantage from it?
This and the following series of articles will explore these questions, combining the practical implications drawn from in-depth research and study, with the insight and experience of people professionals who have taken crucial steps in digital transformation.
Our series begins with an explanation of why digital transformation matters to people professionals. Using Kane et al’s research, we explain what it is and how to do it effectively. In the second chapter, the Group People Director of Axiom Telecom in the UAE shares his organisation’s digital transformation journey from a traditional bricks-and-mortar retailer, wholesaler and distributor to a predominantly digital platform distributor. The focus in subsequent chapter shifts to digital transformation within the people function. We organise people professionals’ stories in these chapters by specialist functions such as HR information systems, recruitment, and learning and development. Where applicable we share the impact of change on their organisations. We will conclude the series with reflections from experts and acknowledgements of the people professionals who have contributed to the series.
Recognising the very real challenges of screen fatigue and time constraints facing our readers, we’ve sought to publish this content in short, individual chapters rather than as a single, long-form report. After the initial launch of the first three chapters, we will look to publish subsequent chapters monthly, completing the series in early 2022.
We hope that the experiences shared in this series inspire more people professionals to take a proactive role in the digital transformation of their organisations and people functions. And in doing so, change the notion that the people function is not regularly involved in decisions to invest and implement new technologies, as uncovered in past CIPD research.
Read the latest article in our series below.
Dominic Keogh-Peters, Axiom Telecom’s Group People Director, talks to the CIPD about the key role of the people function in his organisation’s digital transformation
Practical insights from small and medium-sized enterprises on how HR information systems can be used to improve organisational efficiency and access to people data
Practical insights from large organisations on how HR information systems can be used to improve organisational efficiency and access to people data
How can people professionals leverage learning platforms to stimulate innovation, map career growth for employees and improve their learning experience?
How can technology be used to allow better access to pay and a fairer assessment of employee performance and potential?
Research investigates what factors influence employees’ responses to electronic performance monitoring
Guidance on how technology can be used responsibly to help manage people
The CIPD’s Dr Jill Miller and Uptimize’s Ed Thompson explain why workplace EDI must include neuroinclusion - and a dedication to equality of outcomes for all types of thinkers - if organisations are to fulfil their people commitments, attract and retain great talent, and unlock innovation through true diversity of thought
Rebecca Peters offers advice on looking after your own physical and mental health which will help you support the workforce
James Cockett outlines the newly announced changes to the UK’s immigration policy and explains what employers will now need to consider
Iain Wright, Chair of CIPD Policy Forum, dissects what the UK Autumn Statement really means for the world of work, skills and the economy