How will it look like, the future of HR? Digitization, automation and migration will fundamentally change our definition of work and present the HR industry with unprecedented challenges. In the midst of this phase of upheaval, Master’s and Bachelor’s students specializing in Human Resources Management had the opportunity to exchange ideas with industry representatives at the German HR award ceremony “Deutscher Personalwirtschaftspreis 2018” and the fair “Zukunft Personal Europe”.
Seven students and Prof Dr Anja Karlshaus, Professor of Business Operations and Human Resource Management, took part in the award ceremony of the “Deutscher Personalwirtschaftspreis 2018”, which took place on September 10th, 2018 in Cologne at the run-up to the #HR macht trade fair. Innovative projects in the HR sector are awarded yearly with prizes from the magazine “Personalwirtschaft” and the fair “Zukunft Personal Europe”. Companies submitted their applications for the six categories “Recruiting”, “Talent”, “Management”, “Workplace Health Management”, “Leadership”, “HR Organization” and “Training” until June 15th, 2018 and the winners were selected by an expert jury.
Before the award ceremony, moderate expert rounds took place which led to lively discussions on topics such as “StepStone Future Talk: Man vs. Machine – Will algorithms soon take over personnel decisions?” or “HR digitization: What works and what doesn’t?”. The winners of the 26th Deutscher Personalwirtschaftspreis were honoured in the evening. This years’ winners were mainly traditional German companies such as Festo Group, Daimler AG and Siemens AG. The overall winner REWE Dortmund was decided by the audience via live voting.
“Through my participation in the award ceremony “Deutscher Personalwirtschaftspreis 2018″, I found out which topics are currently of interest to HR managers. It was exciting to see that a cross-industry rethinking of recruiting processes had begun. My personal highlight was the discussion round, in which various HR managers of well-known companies shared their assessments of future HR work on the one hand, but also exchanged views on strategies for tackling personnel-oriented challenges on the other,” said Julius Schwab, a student of the Master’s programme in International Business.
On the following day, 25 students from the HR Specialization went to the “Zukunft Personal Europe” fair which is considered the largest HR fair in Europe. This year, the fair featured a large number of prominent speakers, including Auma Obama, sociologist and publicist, and John Stepper, pioneer of the (WOL) movement. Sophie Kostka, student of the Master’s programme in International Business, on the main theme of the fair: “The digitization of the personnel market was present everywhere. Whether in recruiting or in the control of administrative processes – the future of human recources will be digital.”
Photos: Cornelius Tometten