In The Social Organization, I predicted that psychology, sociology and anthropology would be key skills for HR in the future.
It's interesting to see these three areas highlighted as key future skills by the global innovation foundation, NESTA: "There is particularly strong emphasis on interpersonal skills. These skills include teaching, social perceptiveness and coordination, as well as related knowledge, such as psychology and anthropology. This is consistent with the literature on the growing importance of social skills in the labour market. There are good reasons to believe that interpersonal skills will continue to grow in importance — not only as organisations seek to reduce the costs of coordination but also as they negotiate the cultural context in which globalisation and the spread of digital technology are taking place."
If these human skills are going to be important for the whole workforce in the future, then there's an even bigger requirement for HR to develop them now.
The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 | Nesta - this report maps out how employment is likely to change in the future - including the implications for skills - and anticipates a number of new occupations.