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Odds are, you’re a people person. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be working in Human Resources. And even though we’re one of the largest technology companies in the world, we’re people-people, too. That doesn’t make us rare, however, or even moderately unique. Every business—whether it has a handful of employees or leagues of staff across companies and continents—is made of people and dependent on people.

People: they’re the emotional, inspirational, sometimes confrontational and always-human piece of Human Resources. We believe that every business should empower these people with the tools to do their best work with simple-to-use solutions that function seamlessly across your entire organization.

At Microsoft, our people design these tools for your people.

We solve problems in the workplace by connecting the people who work there: breaking down the barriers that prevent them from communicating effectively; offering them more efficient ways to get things done; and uncovering information that leads to ideas.

In the end, your people get better at what they do, your customers get greater value, and your company gets a greater return.

So where is the HR of the future? What does it look like? There’s a simple answer, but before we can discuss where HR is going, we need a clear picture of what’s going on right now.

We’re talking about three things, specifically:

  • Successful HR departments are shifting from reactive problem-solving to proactive, strategic planning.
  • The social-media generation workforce doesn’t function well without being connected.
  • Security and privacy issues require more self-sufficiency in the HR department.

So how do we get there?

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