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December 2023 Newsletter

Wishing You Season’s Greetings and New Perspectives for 2024

As our team reviews the 2023 trends we’ve heard most about from our clients and network this year, one of the most dramatic developments that has stood out has been the tsunami of interest and use of A.I. tools across organizations. In a SHRM article this month, our President Tom Wilson comments that not only A.I. knowledge but tech skills overall have become a critical requirement for human resources (HR) leaders. In our latest blog post, Partner Ben Taylor expands on the theme, taking a look at new competencies that are becoming all-important for the Chief People Officer. It’s a topic, along with the growth of A.I., that we’ll be excited to follow heading into 2024.

In the meantime, we hope you take time to celebrate the season. Wishing you a restful holiday and Happy New Year!

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Blog Post: 7 New Capabilities of the Chief People Officer Within Venture-Backed Companies

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Known for their rapid growth and innovation-driven ethos, companies backed by private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms have a new set of critical skills essential for their People leaders. The changing role of the Chief People Officer (CPO) in venture-backed firms reflects how the role is evolving more broadly across many industries.

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In The News: SHRM “Must-Have Tech Competencies for HR Professionals

ShrmFrederickson President Tom Wilson provided insights to journalist Lin Grensing-Pophal for her SHRM article on how technology competencies are now a critical part of any HR professional’s job. Tom spoke about how as a result of this new requirement, HR organizations also need to channel resources into experiential programs and L&D initiatives to build tech competency.

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“Sam Altman’s AI Firing –and Reinstatement—Challenges a Common Misconception About Performance Reviews”

FortuneFortune journalist Paige McGlauflin spoke with Tom Wilson about OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s firing and reinstatement. Tom noted that hiring managers can’t jump to conclusions about candidates who have been laid off, as there have been many cutbacks recently, particularly in tech: “You can’t assume it was performance-based because we know in so many of these cases it was not.”

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