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Chapter 4: Future of work with Ricardo Pineda

Welcome to the fourth chapter of HR Thoughts, a series where experts like Ricardo Pineda explore the challenges and opportunities in the world of Human Resources. Pineda, with rich experience in education and technology in the workplace, addresses here critical issues such as preparing talent for the future, the role of universities and the importance of holistic training.

The job market is evolving, and with it, the skills required to excel. Pineda highlights the importance of what he calls “the 10 key competencies of the future,” which not only include technical skills but also social-emotional skills such as self-awareness, leadership and effective communication. These competencies, he says, are the basis on which more specific knowledge can be built.

In the corporate sphere, Ricardo observes a duality. Some companies are creating effective learning ecosystems that guide employees in their professional development, while others take a more lax approach, which is counterproductive. For him, effective learning is not only about accessing educational platforms, but also about interacting, discussing and collaborating with others.

On higher education, Pineda is cautiously optimistic. Although he once thought universities were destined to disappear, he now believes they are evolving to prepare students for the real world of work, with greater investment in research centers and flexibility in course offerings.

One of the most pressing challenges that stands out is talent retention. In a world where employee wellbeing and work-life balance are valued like never before, businesses are challenged to adapt to retain their key staff. Internal promotion becomes a crucial element in this context.

Furthermore, inclusive employment emerges as another key pillar, especially in the Latin American context where factors such as gender, ethnicity and education create significant barriers. Inclusive employment policies can not only improve equity, but can also be beneficial to companies by creating more diverse teams rich in perspectives.

To conclude, the role of the human talent department has never been more critical, Pineda maintains. From employee well-being to data analytics and adapting to emerging technologies, HR professionals have the monumental job of being the architects of the future of work.

So if you're wondering where the world of employment is headed and how to prepare for it, this episode offers invaluable insights. Do not miss it.

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