Improving Human Resources

16 June 2022

Victorian Chamber members have joined forces to undertake an important study on the state of the Human Resources (HR) sector in the wake of the pandemic.

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Research teams from RMIT University, Deakin University, Swinburne University (and University of South Australia) are joining the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) in a research project that explores the current and future state of the industry.

HR has evolved substantially over recent years, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This research project aims to gain an insight into the evolution of HR and future considerations for businesses. This will provide an avenue for AHRI and the research team to explore the changes influenced by the pandemic and encourage important discussions in the HR industry.

Who can participate?

This is a voluntary survey open to all employers who work in HR. The survey is completely anonymous and will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. It will ask you about your HR role in your organisation and the current and future trends for the profession.

Consent to participate is determined when you start the survey, but you may stop at any time and your response will be withdrawn and not included in the results. There are minimal risks to completing the survey and no risks to your organisation, as all data will be anonymous.

Deakin University Director of Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management Dr Justine Ferrer said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has required HR practitioners to use their knowledge, skills and professionalism like never before. The HR practitioner of the 2020s has different responsibilities, and faces different challenges, from their predecessors. Twenty years from now, 2020-2022 will be remembered as a turning point for the HR profession.

“This information will enable us to take a snapshot of the changes in the HR profession in 2022. We will compare this against data collected each decade since the 1940s.”

Respondents are asked to complete the survey by June 30.

Findings will be documented in a report, through publications and presentations. If you wish to access the research report, which will be published in September 2022, please contact the research team to register your interest. Alternatively, you can wait until the results are released via AHRI.

The survey is available here

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