'The biggest tip I would give is the art of unlearning'

The head of R&D and work futurist at Atlassian tells HRD what the future holds for HR professionals

'The biggest tip I would give is the art of unlearning'

The days of the lone genius are over and we're in a world where teams are required to solve the complex problems we face, according to the head of R&D and work futurist at Atlassian, Dominic Price.

According to Price, these teams need to be cognitively diverse, able to collaborate across borders and timezones, be cross-functional, and probably feature five generations.

Price told HRD that the war for talent, increased competition, consumer expectation and technology advancements all mean that it’s more important than ever that organisations stay relevant.

Indeed, Price will be speaking on the panel: The next big thing – emerging HR technology and the future of work at the HR Tech Summit in Sydney in September.

“Team work might be the future, but it's certainly not easy so I'll share with the audience how to evolve from seeing team work as a tax, and reframing it as an investment.”

Price added that for HR professionals the future of work is a particularly significant topic on three levels.

Firstly, their role is going to be significantly impacted and their value proposition needs to change.

Secondly, they need to find ways of helping support and accelerate the businesses they work in through this significant change.

And thirdly, with a high rate of change, and increased number of careers (millennials expected to have 17 careers), a new role of retraining, adult education and continuous learning, all come into focus.

So if Price could give one piece of advice to HR professionals relating to the future of work what would it be?

“The biggest tip I'd give to anyone right now is the art of unlearning,” he said.

This involves looking at how we can take what worked for us in the past, and realise that it won't work in the future.

“Actively unlearning past habits and rituals will give us the freedom of time and space to experiment with new ideas and build the future we want,” said Price.

“It's time for us all to step out of the theory, and into the action.”

Price will be speaking at the HR Tech Summit in Sydney in September. In the panel, ‘The next big thing – emerging HR technology and the future of work’ some of Australia’s leading innovators will discuss the technological innovations that are on the horizon.

  • How can HR use blockchain technology to automate HR processes?
  • The future of cryptography and algorithms in HR technology
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality in tomorrow’s organisation
  • How chat bots and machine learning can enhance the candidate and employee experience
  • What ethical dilemmas relating to bio-metrics and predictive control will the future bring?

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