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The future of HR: Embrace technology, but stay human

Balancing HR technology with a commitment to doing good for society is critical to the future of HR. Michael Carty reports from last month's Westminster Employment Forum conference.

Tony Vickers-Byrne, HR director of Public Health England, recalled how his first HR job in 1982 involved designing a points-based absence control system, based on the presumption that absences on Mondays or Fridays meant employees were "pulling a sickie".

Speaking at the Westminster Employment Forum conference last month, he said that today's HR profession is unrecognisable in comparison, in that it is driven by a more benevolent objective.