Tom Haak, Founder and Director of the HR Trends Institute, tells us how he became an HR trend watcher, and what’s happening in HR today.

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Tom Haak has always worked in HR. Based in the Netherlands, he worked his way up from a trainee to a senior position at Phillips Electronics, went on to other multinational companies like Aon and KPMG and later took the position of global HR Director for Arcadis, a leading global natural and built asset design & consultancy firm. He founded the HR Trend Institute in 2014. Tom transformed himself into a trend-watcher and reads, speaks & breathes HR trends.

The HR process is in need of a gear-change — Tom suggests the following for speeding up talent management & recruiting, ultimately creating a system where the right candidates will present themselves to you:

Use analytics (more evidence-based and therefore more objective).

Use technology (We have a lot of data at our fingertips, and Search is a powerful feature: “Machine, I want this kind of candidate please.”).

Make the processes more transparent (open processes are more engaging and run more smoothly).

Timestamp notes:

0.35 — About Tom and how he became involved of the HR Trend Institute

2.30 — What is the future of HR education in tertiary institutions?

6.10 — The 10 talent management trends for 2019.

10.04 — How to speed up the HR process.

13.12 — Development as a service — individual growth through external consultancy.

18.30 — Tom’s daily working routine.

19.55 — Tom’s best reads? Online sources: LinkedIN, Twitter, Flipboard. Books: Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Het bestverkochte boek ooit (met deze titel)by Sanne Blauw (dutch).

21.31 — How to use HR data, and who should own it?

27.16 — Best way to get hold of Tom? Website, LinkedIN, Twitter.

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