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Back to the Future: A Recap of 2019

As the holiday season quickly approaches and 2019 winds down, this is the final Future Look column of the year. With that in mind, it feels appropriate to take a look back at some of the future-oriented topics and developments from 2019 that were explored in this space.


In a year that was highlighted by increased interest and movement in the topic of pay equity, the top Future Look articles touched on a wide variety of topics, including unpaid internships and the four-day workweek.

The following is a list of the 10 most popular Future Look columns of 2019.

Future Trends in Performance Management

This column explored how organizations are rethinking the way they handle performance management. Here’s a look at a few ways this practice could evolve in the future.  

Technology Is Allowing HR to Become More Personable

This column notes that as technological advances continue to occur, the role of human resources is evolving. It’s clear that the role of HR professionals will be much different 10 years from now, but it’s important to point out that different doesn’t mean displaced.

Looking Toward the Future with Pay Equity

This column recapped “Pay Equity Month” in October and examined the current state of pay equity, as well as where it might be headed in the future.

The Future Does Not Look Bright for Pension Plans

This column examined the future stability of pension plans in reaction to a notice issued by the U.S. Treasury Department that allows employers to buy out current retirees from their pensions with a one-time lump sum payment.

Unpaid Internships May Be Headed to the Chopping Block

This column looked into unpaid internships and how recent legislation developments might bring the practice to a grinding halt.

Retirement Solutions are Poised to Become More Holistic

This column discussed how employers are increasingly attempting to revamp their offerings to assist employees in retirement, which is setting the stage for a more holistic offering in the future.

The Future of Work Centers Around the Employee Experience

Organizations are increasingly transforming their business model to invest more in their people. Thus, the employee experience revolution continues, as more research and data supports the idea that a positive employee experience improves the customer experience, employee attraction and retention, and drives productivity.

Diversification of PTO Offerings Expected to Rise

This column touched on WorldatWork’s paid-time off research and how PTO will play an increasing role as a talent attractor for organizations.

The Four-Day Workweek: A Concept Worth Exploring

This column delved into the history of the current five-day work structure and how more organizations could be shifting a to a four-day model.

The Role of Automation Will Augment Human Skills, Not Discard Them

In this column, Stephanie N. Rotondo wrote about how forthcoming automation with complement human skills instead of replacing them.

Thanks for reading and happy holidays.

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Brett Christie is a staff writer at WorldatWork.

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