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Why is the world moving towards disruptive HR practices?

Source | CareerIndia : By Vijayaraghavan Pisharody

We didn’t start the fire!

It’s hard to believe a world without our current technology. Where images convey entire conversations and we can tell the whole world about your crappy mood. Where we can spend a whole day having conversations with someone on the other side of the world, without saying a word. Technology has changed the way we live. Our lifestyles and eventually our societies, economies and environments have changed, thanks to technology.

All world economic forums are dominated by three main concerns – economic, environmental, security, and all three are interchangeable. Long-term economic prosperity depends on the safety and security of people and equally on environmental sustainability. For example, today, the repercussions of short-term economic views, intolerance and reckless use of natural resources are easily and immediately apparent.

Our world is going through extreme weather events brought on by global warming across the globe. Within our own country, a number of metros fall short of high qualities of life because they lack good clean air, quality drinking water, and basic infrastructure for commuting.

For example in a city like Bangalore, studies have shown that the average traffic speed has come down to 9 km per hour and by 2020 it could further come down to 5 km per hour. This automatically impacts rudimentary human behaviour, giving rise to anxiety, depression, bipolar behaviour and various other negative social interactions.

It’s clear then that along with this rapidly changing world, we also need to make rapid changes in the way we deal with people, as well as the systems and practices we have had all this while. We no longer live in insular societies where our social wellbeing is dependent on a certain number of known factors.

Increased technology has shrunk the world even smaller and our day to day lives are affected by the actions of countries across the world. We have moved on from leading linear lives where human beings progressed over a million years in a setting that was local. The only thing that affected them were what was visible in a day’s life. It was linear in the terms that the life of previous generations wasn’t all that much different from the current one.

After the age of industrialisation, life changed drastically – suddenly human beings had multiple lives. Work life had to separate from personal life, from family life. Moving from an agrarian economy we found ourselves in an industrial age, where we no longer worked 365 days a year. Instead we had 6-day work weeks.

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