IPMA-HR Releases New HR2020 Report

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Roadmap Report Provides Leadership Vision to Public Sector HR Professionals

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The shift from transactional to transformative is possible and imperative; and for HR to have a seat at the table it must behave as if that seat already exists.

The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) releases a new report, “HR2020 Shifting Perspectives: A Vision for Public Sector HR.”

The report was produced by the HR2020 Taskforce, a group of senior-level public sector human resources professionals from the local, state and federal sectors, including two IPMA-HR presidents Mila Cosgrove (2012 President and the taskforce chair) and William Cole (2016 President).

The HR2020 research report serves as a critical roadmap to public sector HR professionals on how to transition from an administrative to a leadership role within their organizations. The overall perspective of the taskforce is that HR professionals exist in a rapidly evolving world with volatile economies, major environmental impacts, rapid technological changes, and the changing needs of the workforce. These changes require HR professionals to think differently about how to shape government agencies that deliver services to citizens. Because the business of HR revolves around human capital resource management, HR professionals have the opportunity to help fundamentally influence and shape organizational outcomes by identifying future trends and assisting in navigating successfully through them.

The HR2020 report framework contains the critical elements required to help HR professionals bring the future into focus. The framework does not specifically address the technical expertise of the HR profession; rather, the framework is intended to sit on the foundation of that body of knowledge. The framework creates a roadmap of how to build on technical knowledge to create a transformative roadmap and achieve organizational success.

The framework starts with three critical lenses: business acumen, innovation, and strategic orientation. The taskforce believes HR initiatives designed to move services from transactional to transformational need to be viewed through these lenses to be effective. The taskforce also identified five key areas HR needs to invest in programs and services so that their roles can be strategically positioned to be drivers of change and innovations. These five areas are leadership, culture, talent, communication and technology.

“The shift from transactional to transformative is possible and imperative; and for HR to have a seat at the table it must behave as if that seat already exists,” said Mila Cosgrove, HR2020 Taskforce Chair.

The report is available for download at the HR2020 website. The website will also serve as a resource for HR professionals at all levels of government to obtain practical, complementary information, tools and resources to help them navigate the road ahead.

For more information on the HR2020 report, please contact Neil Reichenberg, IPMA-HR Executive Director at nreichenberg(at)ipma-hr(dot)org.

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