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The Futurist: Expect the rise of the HR strategic partner in 2026, says Nora Mahbob

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L’Oréal Malaysia’s HR director, Nora Mahbob, outlines a future where the HR professional’s role will not be limited to HR practitioners, but open to people from strong business or consulting backgrounds.

I see the role of HR as a strategic function to unleash human potential to meet the organisation’s vision and goals.

And this will not change even 10 years from now, but we’ll see a change in how it’s managed as we see the rise of the HR strategic partner – a generalist developing an integrated HR strategy within business lines and working with executives to deliver tangible results.

This means the HR professional’s role will not be limited to HR practitioners, but open to people from strong business or consulting backgrounds with an understanding of the pulse of the business, making them better equipped to formulate and deploy HR strategies.

With this trend on the rise, there will be a need to outsource for traditional HR services. Outsourcing will contribute towards cost-savings and increasing the efficiency of the HR department.

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