It is 2024 and she leads the Group HR function of a retail company listed on the stock exchange. They have around 500 employees and strong growth aspirations. She never thought her future HR Director role would be this slick.
Amy and her team mostly work from home since the 2020 lockdown but she has meetings today so heads to the office.
After 2020, her company moved from a tall office building in the city to a smaller, converted villa in the suburbs which they designed to their people’s needs. A few team members chose to move to this suburb and others went full on remote.
After checking her temperature at the thermal scanner and passing through the facial recognition access control she enters the office without touching anything.
She sits behind her clear plastic partitioned-off workstation made from antimicrobial material, sanitizes her hands and calls up her web browser using voice command.
She has 15 minutes until her first meeting, which she uses to kick off her latest project.
Her CEO informed her yesterday evening of plans to acquire an online retailer from another country.
Amy now needs to be ready to handle the related HR due diligence. She’s not stressing though!
Her lean internal team is good enough to handle the task, but since 2020, Amy uses infused skills when special requirements like this come up.
In this way, there is little disturbance to core HR service delivery while Amy taps into the latest market trends. She makes sure that her own team gets involved at the right time for their own development.
Under her bookmarked favourites is www.onecirclehr.com. She enters her username and password, types in “due diligence” in the search bar and scans through the pages of hits, showing the consultant profiles of people who can help.
Amy smiles, realising that she is spoiled for choice.
She clicks on “create project”, and then reverts to voice input as she briefly describes the project without getting into too much detail.
She makes sure to mention that the project is subject to confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement.
She frowns at the “project budget fee” field, then selects the “unsure” option since the fee is driven by who she chooses and their rate – a catch-22.
Even though her meeting is face-to-face and at a safe distance, she sanitizes her hands again and decides to pick up a coffee from the kitchen before it starts.
As she walks towards the meeting room, she hears a familiar “PING!!!” and smiles.
Even she didn’t expect the first consultant response so soon.
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