We had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Sample, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Thrivent Financial, and we asked her what she thinks will impact HR most in the future. This blog is an excerpted transcript of the interview.
Anne Sample, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Thrivent Financial:
“[HR has] developed over the years and gone from an administrative function to a function that I think offers great business partnership”
“In my mind, some of the most important things that we’re going to need to do is be able to really understand data, understand information, and help the businesses themselves look to the future and look at what’s happening, especially in the arena of talent – to make sure that the company can really be prepared to deliver in the future.”
“I think there’s a ton of dynamics happening in terms of the workforce and the talent environment that is going to affect every organization. I think most HR people talk about it in terms of the people rather than in terms of the business, and so I think the most important skill [HR] people can build is really developing personally their skills in terms of analysis and insights.”
“And in terms of building the function, you know one of the things we’ve done at Thrivent, which I’ve really appreciated, is that we’ve…put our business insights organization for the company, and our research and analytics for the company, together. And by putting those three items together in our business we believe that that will keep us ahead of the curve, and really set us up in the future for having a competitive advantage.”