Public Relations

No topic of elites

· News, Public Relations

Kai Anderson, founding partner of Promerit – Mercer, talks about digitization and the future role of HR as the title story of the October issue of the magazine “Personalführung”.

Kai talks about the state of digitization in German companies. He emphasizes how important the right mindset is for digitization. We are hindered by the separation of worlds in the minds of departments (such as HR) and IT. It is crucial to understand digitization as an amplifier of our creativity in every form and function.

For some years now, we have been calling for people to be at the center of digitization. Therefore, investments in employees and corresponding digital skills and competences are correspondingly important.

In numerous HR departments, the digital spirit of optimism of recent years has vanished. Many companies continue to work with outdated ERP systems and are fighting on two fronts: The challenge is both to support the digitization of the entire company and to create the digitization of HR services and processes. This will enable HR to expand its strategic role within the organization.

Read the entire interview here. 

Benchmarking HR Digital – Europe

· News, Public Relations, Research

Still Transforming or Already Performing?

Find out how companies in Europe and UK are progressing in their HR digital transformation journey – what’s working for them and what’s not.

59% Companies have anchored digitalisation in their corporate strategy

Less than a quarter of companies have successfully completed their HR cloud transformation

Only 3 % HR perceive themselves as the driver of digital transformation

Benchmarking HR Digital Study

Digital transformation is on its way — After years of talking a lot about what it is and what should be done about it – Is HR taking the opportunity to demonstrate its value by laying foundations for working in the Digital Age? Is HR creating great employee experiences by applying new technologies to core processes?

The digitalisation journey holds a great opportunity for HR to move into a strategic position and to make a real contribution to the overall success of the company. But at the moment, the digitalisation gap between the business and HR is growing. Most HR functions are still at the beginning of their transformation journey to become a strategic partner in the digitalisation of the business.

In Mercer’s Benchmarking Digital HR study, we set the spotlight on HR and whether digitalisation is on its agenda. The good news is that 98% of the companies have already started their digital transformation journey. The bad news is that most of them still have a long way to go. So far, only 23% have successfully completed their HR cloud transformation and over 40% have not or only partly anchored digitalisation into their corporate strategy.

Mercer’s Benchmarking Digital HR study evaluates the progress organisations are making in their HR digital transformation journey. It also examines which parts of the journey companies are achieving success in or lagging behind. Insights collected from over 600 participants across Europe and the United Kingdom includes drivers and barriers to digital change such as HR digital transformation, HR-IT landscape and measure of digital transformation maturity based on Mercer Promerit HR Digital Transformation Index.

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HR Digital Survey Tool

To compare your own company’s HR digital transformation maturity with our extensive benchmarks of the „Benchmarking HR Digital“ study, you’re welcome to take part in our HR Digital Survey and get to know more about both, HR’s role and contribution in the company’s digital transformation as well as HR’s own digital transformation.

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Kai Anderson is again one of the 40 leading HR heads

· News, Public Relations

This year, for the ninth time, the personnel magazine honoured the „40 leading HR minds“  from the categories “managers, scientists and consultants”. Who are the opinion leaders in HR? Who does exemplary HR work? The personalities stand out because they have significant influence in the HR sector and act as role models in this field. In addition, they are all actively involved in professional life and have strongly promoted an HR topic. Kai Anderson is once again voted one of the opinion leaders.

The editors of the personnel magazine gave the following reasons for their selection:
Kai Anderson sets a goal for consulting projects that consultants rarely use as a yardstick: fun. The projects should not only deliver a result for his clients, but should also be fun for those involved. The corporate culture of the HR consultancy Promerit, which he co-founded 20 years ago, includes relaxed manners and a good team spirit, as well as celebrating together, with which Kai Anderson likes to be involved into the early hours of the morning. The industrial engineer knows how to track down trends and turn them into consulting concepts. With the books “Agile Company” and “Digital Human” he has published two highly regarded books, which he has also used to expand his network. He is now well wired on the HR floors. More than a year ago, together with his partner, he sold “his” consultancy Promerit to the listed management consultancy Mercer and has so far ensured that the Promerit brand name and corporate culture have been retained. The thoroughbred entrepreneur now has to report, but enjoys the international scene that the new environment offers.”

The complete list of the award-winning individuals and the reasons for their choice can be found here.

Human Success in a Digital World

· Events, Public Relations

People belong at the heart of the new digital world of work. It is our responsibility to shape this. Let us together find the answers that are expected from us as people managers. Let’s talk about our challenges and experiences, discover new opportunities, be inspired. Let us learn from successful examples.

Human Work/s is the event for decision makers and people managers, HR responsibles, new workers and technology enthusiasts.

The Human Works Summit will end with a gala and award ceremony in the evening. Among the “40 most important minds in personnel management” this year the Personalmagazin, the largest German-language HR trade magazine will award the “CHRO of the Year”   for the first time. The award honors a personality who stands for future-oriented people management​.

The event comes to a close with a rousing party where participants will have plenty of time for networking and exciting discussions. ​

You will find the agenda here.

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At one glace

Date:                    18th September 2019

Location:           Carlswerk Cologne

Language:         the majority of the sessions will be held in German


  • Day ticket incl. evening event: 950 EUR
  • Early Bird Ticket (until 31.8.) 750 EUR

Discount – From the 2nd ticket for your company, you receive a 15% discount on the order amount.

New Work, agile, fluid…

· News, Public Relations

Kai Anderson, F.A.Z., 17.2.2019

Don´t listen to the chatterboxes

The New Work movement bypasses the working reality of many people.

It is subject to partially dangerous illusions; the democratization of decision-making leads to the collectivization of responsibility and thereby a lack of commitment.
It rests on an assumed image of human beings, which only characterizes some of us (not everyone wants to work autonomously).
Above all, it ignores the constraints of the job itself (a care-worker cannot work remotely from a café).
Many impulses stemming from New Work are nonetheless correct. They, quite rightly, question our current ways of working.

Read more about this topic in the article “Hören Sie nicht auf die Dampfplauderer” by Kai Anderson in the current Sunday issue of F.A.Z.

More important however, than the question of how we will work in the future, is the question “what work will we do in the future?”. What will the content of our work be as new technologies are continually developed? Which activities will comprise the job profiles of the future? And what skills will we need? How will we develop them?

We view answering these questions as HR management’s primary task in the upcoming years. We define these strategic areas of action as the ‘Human Work(s)’ and have dedicated a new series of events to this topic, which will begin in September in Cologne.

About the Author

Kai Anderson is one of the leading transformation experts in Europe. He is the founder and CEO of Promerit, a management consultancy specialising in transformation and people management. Executives trust his expertise in organizational and cultural development in the reorganization of their company.

In 2017, the “Personalmagazin” repeatedly named him one of the “40 leading minds in human resources”. Kai Anderson is a frequent speaker at professional events and author of the books “The Agile Company” and “Digital Human – The Human Being at the Center of Digitization”.