February 1988 – nurses are on strike and Kylie Minogue has scored her first number one. Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards finished last in the Winter Olympics.
But it was also the month that Personnel Today was first published, back then as a fortnightly magazine.
Over the coming weeks, we look back at 20 years of the HR profession and consider what changes the next 20 years will bring. Here we showcase all the content published in our 20:20 anniversary coverage, looking at both 1988 and 2028.
Were you in ‘Personnel’ back in 1988? How have things changed? Join our discussions area and share your experiences…
Déjà vu: the changing world of work in the past 20 years
|Good HR will boost your company profits, research proves|
A definitive link between effective human resources and its impact on boosting business profits has been proven following a major research project into the subject.
Looking back 20 years: hindsight is a wonderful thing
|What wil the employee of tomorrow look like?|
Is your employee of the future going to be a young, be-suited man sitting at his desk from nine to five?
|Spotlight on – the 1980s workplace|
With the 1981-set Ashes to Ashes gracing our screens, it seems only natural to take a nostalgic look back at the ’80s – the decade of Donkey Kong, My Little Pony and deeply dubious fashions.
|The future of HR: From HR to eternity|
Many aspects of life in HR have changed dramatically since 1988, but will the pace of change be the same over the next 20 years? Kate Hilpern reports.
It was 20 years ago today…
|How to future-proof your HR|
People issues lie at the heart of most strategy execution problems, but in the kind of world we are moving into, strategies will only get more sticky, complex, paradoxical, and people-centric.
|Diversity: no laughing matter|
Despite operating in colour for several decades, the world of TV is still largely a black and white domain… minus the black. Tony Pettengell is off-message…
|Will HR be about strategic partnership or operational support in 2028?|
Peter Thompson, director of the Future Work Forum at Henley Management College believes HR will be a champion of change.
The joys of 80s TV
|Back to the Future: where will employment law be in 20 years?|
Gagandeep Prasad, employment lawyer at Charles Russell, reflects on the future of legislation and the workplace
Employment law 1988-2008
|Which employment laws will have the biggest impact in the next 20 years?|
We ask six leading employment lawyers what legal developments they think you shold keep an eye on over the next 20 years
|That was the news that was:|
HR news 1988-style
HR news in the spring of 1988 would have been hugely different from today’s – or would it? Take a look at some “hot off the press” news from early Personnel Todays.
Tomorrow’s HR leaders look forward
We’ve also gathered together from our archive some of our more prophetic articles, looking at what HR and employment generally might look like in the future, and at some of more long-standing issues that seem never to go away…