CLIFFHANGER – HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work


CLIFFHANGER – HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work

CLIFFHANGER explores the digital revolution and its impact on the workforce and HR. It presents the findings of three PageUp Talent Labs conducted over a 12-month period and draws on the latest research and forecasts from multiple global thought leaders.

CLIFFHANGER synthesises current HR thinking with futurist forecasts and CHRO experiences in the field, and matches thought leadership with pragmatic suggestions for how HR needs to rethink, reframe and reorganise the function and the organisation to benefit from the life-and-work-changing realities of our time.

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Introducing Cliffhanger

Chapter Outlines:

Chapter 1: Disruption and the Future of Work

Traces the digital transformation that is occurring before our eyes. The future is already here. HR winners in this world will master three intelligences: digital, cultural and business intelligence.

Chapter 2: Technology Widens the Chasm

Explores emerging new science and technology and their implications for workforce management.


Chapter 3: People and Relationships

Challenges the terms of engagement employers have and will have in future with their workers.

Chapter 4: The Business of HR

Dissects traditional HR models and practices and questions the real role and contribution of HR in this future.

Chapter 5: Insight through Innovation

Looks at the necessity for innovative thinking and approaches in order to thrive in the digital workplace.

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HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work

  • Introduction – Chap 1 (Page 1-2)
  • Thought Leadership – “The New Reality Preempts a New HR” by John Sumser (Page 174-175)
  • Bootcamp: Digital Intelligence (Page 74-75)
  • Talent Lab 1 Wrap (Page 78-79)

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An intensive HR workout to develop strategies and actions to successively cross the chasm!


Based on insights and projections from the book
CLIFFHANGER – HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work
by Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith & Karen Cariss

Delegates will explore emerging business and HR challenges and develop strategies and actions to benefit themselves and their organisations.

Who should attend? HR leaders & senior HR practitioners.


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About the Authors

About PageUp

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PageUp is a global talent management platform software provider that’s passionate about helping organisations automate their people processes and strategically align their human resources across borders, business units, cultures and languages, to execute on corporate objectives.

Our award-winning, SaaS solution unifies Recruiting and Onboarding, Learning and Development, Performance Management, Compensation, Career Planning and Succession Management, with Advanced Workforce Analytics running across all modules; assisting employers to overcome talent management challenges that are inherent in operating across both developed and emerging markets.

We were originally founded in 1997 in Australia, and have since expanded globally to support both local and multinational organisations, including several Fortune 500 employers.  Our solution is being accessed in over 190 countries by clients across diverse and multiple industries including banking, mining, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, education, governmental and non-profit organisations.  We serve our global client base through offices in New York, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne and Sydney.

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PageUp has a long history of commitment to thought leadership in talent management, publishing materials and contributing to thought practices in HR across the globe. PageUp integrates thought leadership and market feedback to inform technology development that aligns to the future of work.

The PageUp Talent Lab was formed in mid 2015. Created as a platform to encourage discourse and debate among HR and business executives on the big workplace challenges of the present and future, Talent Lab “puts HR under the microscope” with a view to elevating HR’s contribution and voice in critical business issues.

Talent Lab brings together HR executives, industry thought leaders, business analysts and subject matter experts to get to the heart of the many workforce challenges facing business. An initiative of PageUp Global Research, Talent Lab was conceived as an opportunity to contribute innovative thinking and help HR and business leaders understand what it takes to unleash talent and get the business results necessary to succeed.

A new Talent Lab topic is debated by Talent Lab contributors periodically and the outcomes published on for sharing and broader discussion.

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