Forward Features 2022

As a publication for senior HR and people professionals, we are mostly concerned with how we can help equip HR with the knowledge and resources to navigate the changing nature of work and solve today's organisational and people-specific challenges.

If an article is fresh, insightful and interesting to our audience, we will consider posting it, regardless of whether it fits into our monthly themes, and especially if it ties in with our overarching theme for 2021, which is...

Investing in people

The pandemic, the Great Resignation and other events across the past 18 months or so have been a wake up call that greater people investment is business critical.

Without meaningfully and sustainably nurturing employees’ wellbeing, skills, sense of belonging and energy, organisations will struggle to flourish through unrelenting change. In 2022 and beyond, people professionals will play a vital role in humanising work and fuelling positive change, which will require new skills, stronger partnerships and hard graft.

With this in mind, HRZone’s overarching theme for 2022, which will feed into each month's theme, is 'investing in people'. Throughout the year, we will provide relevant and credible insight, advice, opinion and real-world examples to help equip HR and people leaders in this human-centred era of work.

Our monthly themes throughout 2022 are as follows:

  • January: Wellbeing in the workplace

    With the festive period coming to an end and Covid-19 coming back into our daily reality, the typical January blues will be intensified for many. In this critical period, we will explore some of the wellbeing issues of top concern in 2022 and offer insights on how to create and implement a more impactful wellbeing agenda in the tough year ahead.

  • February: Hybrid working 2.0
    In 2021, many organisations began the hybrid working experiment. Now in 2022, it’ll be time to assess the model, iron out the kinks and iterate to create a better experience for hybrid workers. Featured articles will offer practical takeaways, real-world examples and new areas for consideration.

  • March: Shaping company culture
    The global pandemic has taught us that a positive organisational culture is critical to adapting and remaining resilient in a turbulent climate. This hub will offer expert guidance and insights for the people professionals who are facilitating culture change to better support wellbeing, inclusion, learning and productivity.

  • April: Building critical skills
    Gartner’s CHRO survey shows that the top priority for HR leaders in 2022 is, as it was last year, building the right skills and capabilities to flex and thrive in a fast-changing climate. This hub will bring together real world insights and practical takeaways on creating agile talent pathways, boosting internal mobility and reskilling workforces to support business needs.
    May: Organisation design and change management
    To ensure organisations are successful in an era of complexity and uncertainty, people leaders need to assess its design and whether it aligns to the business strategy, meets employee expectations and can flex as new obstacles arise. Featured articles will share guidance on the key elements of sustainable organisation design, business agility and change management in 2022 and beyond.
  • June: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
    In 2022, business leaders and employees alike are looking to HR for greater traction with DE&I efforts. This hub will offer practical tips, ideas and considerations for implementing a D&I strategy with real impact.

  • July and August: Employee experience
    An advice-driven, practitioner-focused collation of articles examining the evolving employee experience and how we can create more meaningful, engaging and frictionless work in 2022 and beyond.
  • September: Human-centred leadership and management
    In the new era of unpredictability and complexity, organisations need human-centred executives and managers to ensure both businesses and employees can bring sustainable success. This collation of articles will explore how we recruit, retain and develop these types of leaders and managers, as well as the shift in skills, behaviours and actions needed to foster them.

  • October: Strategic HR
    A go-to destination for HR professionals looking to build their strategic capabilities to drive positive impact on the organisation and its people. The content in this hub will examine how to build stronger strategic partnerships, better use data, become more closely aligned to business goals and adopt automation to free up time for more strategic thinking.

  • November: Humansising performance and productivity
    This content hub will offer guidance on how HR can impact an organisation’s productivity levels through championing people-centric performance management. An approach that is built on trust and empowerment, enhances the wellbeing and engagement of employees, and invests in the right technology to create seamless experiences and processes.

  • December: A look to 2023
    What trends are around the corner? And what lessons can we learn from 2022? We will do a round up of reflections from 2022, and a look ahead to 2023 trends.


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