The future of HR "People often ask me which is more important — specialization or integration — and the answer is clearly both," says John Bremen. (Graphic by Chris Nicholls)

As the HR profession has evolved from treating employees as costs within the "personnel department," to having a seat in the C-Suite making sure employees are treated as sources of value driving the organization's "intangible assets," attracting and retaining top HR talent is itself becoming even more critical. What will the future hold for the profession?

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.