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The Future of Human Resources in Oil and Gas

Back in 2016, IDC’s FutureScape: Worldwide Oil and Gas Predictions estimated that 40% of oil and gas companies in 2017 will progress towards digital, collaborative, cognitive and social capabilities to enhance the integrated talent management system. However, at the same time there is a study by Accenture that points out that 75% of human resource (HR) executives believe that their current operating model is not providing a competitive advantage and is struggling to address emerging business needs. Both these studies bring out the fact that there is a gap that exists between the expectation vis-à-vis reality.

3 major disruptions that will shape the future of HR in oil and gas sector

Traditional technical talent is no longer competitive for the energy industry. They require better and more advanced skills. The shift in approach has led to the emergence of the following factors that would shape the future of HR:  

  • The abundance of resources - ­The past decade witnessed high oil prices for the major part of the period. However, since the prices have now normalised, the focus has shifted to cost, speed and efficiency.  Traditionally trained oil and gas professionals are abundant, but they are no longer enough to meet the changing needs of the industry. The market is evolving. Small and nimble technology start-ups are replacing traditional setups; offshore projects are competing with unconventional resources and the availability of renewable resources is placing further pressure for cleaner energy options. All these have led to a major disruption in the market direction of existing players. Projects that were once profitable are not profitable anymore. That is where the major challenge in HR lies. The focus now is to find an order or a clear direction amid this chaos; HR needs to devise a customizable operational model for different business models, setups and scenarios.
  • Technological advancement - Old ways of working is getting transformed by numerous technological advancements. Automation is beginning to play a bigger role in business operations and replacing knowledge workers in some jobs. All these activities generate immense data, which when combined with advanced analytics and tools, provide a new direction to business operations. The management and the new roles that emerge from these changes is posing a new challenge for HR professionals looking for a right fit in the network of professionals in the oil and gas industry.
  • Attitudinal shifts - The new generation workforce or Millennials no longer desire to fit into traditional hierarchical work practices. They are challenging existing HR norms that involve accountability, pace, collaboration and technology. Millennials who begin to climb to managerial and leadership positions will view things differently. Hence, the workforce management approach in the oil sector will need to adapt if they wish to hire and retain talent that has advanced technological skills, leadership and business acumen.

Futuristic talent management approach for oil and gas industry

To sustain and progress in this volatile economy, oil and gas companies must ditch the traditional HR operational models and practices, and switch to a more agile and resilient one. To build a sustainable model for HR practices that will carve the future of HR in the oil and gas sector, it is required to:

  • Make a fundamental shift in talent management that includes an extended workforce that is either outsourced or are non-traditional vendors or experts. Energy leaders must manage the complete supply chain of talent to ensure the right person in the right place.
  • Rely on talent analytics and insights to improve workforce performance and hiring across an integrated platform that includes social or professional networks and other digital platforms. Digitalization of the industry is the key here.
  • Focus on the business outcome. HR professionals must know the core responsibilities or success factors of each business unit. They should use digital talent management systems and tools to bring in talent that has the right functional acumen and delivers accordingly.

As oil and gas sector transforms itself like other competitive manufacturing businesses, the mindsets, behaviors and working style will change. The prime focus will be on cost efficiency and continuous improvement. This will lead to an organizational and attitudinal shift that will empower the next-gen HR professionals and in return boost the community of oil and gas professionals. 

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