Deloitte recently unveiled its Global Human Capital Trends 2015 report, outlining the trends HR can expect to see – and handle – in the coming year. Authors of the report highlighted ten trends which are “reshaping the nature of work and the ways organisations approach talent management”.
Leadership: Why a perennial issue?
According to the report, companies are struggling with leadership development at all levels, leading many employers to invest in new and accelerated models.
Creating excellent leaders remains highly important, ranking as the second biggest priority for HR in this year’s survey. However, while almost 90% of respondents cited it as either “important” or “very important”, the findings also suggested that organisations have made little or no progress since last year: the capability gap for developing leaders has widened in every global region.
Learning and development: Into the spotlight
Companies will need to be actively exploring new approaches to learning and development as they confront increasing skills gaps, the report said.
The need to transform and accelerate corporate learning was this year’s third most important challenge to HR, with the number of companies rating Learning and Development (L&D) as “very important” tripling over the past year. But while the importance of the issue increased, HR’s readiness to handle it weakened – just 40% of respondents said that their organisation was prepared for L&D in 2015, compared to 75% last year.
Culture and engagement: The naked organization
Organisations are continuing to recognise the need to focus on corporate culture and dramatically improving employee engagement as 2015 threatens to bring a crisis in engagement and retention.
Deloitte’s researchers found that this year, culture and engagement were rated the most important issue overall, replacing leadership as the top priority. This highlights the need for leaders to gain a clear understanding of their company’s culture, and re-examine every HR and talent program as a way to engage and empower their people.
Workforce on demand: Are you ready?
All aspects of the workforce are being managed sophisticatedly, including the hourly, contingent and contract workforces within organisations.
Eighty per cent of respondents said workforce capability would be an important issue in 2015, indicating that the demand for skills will drive a trend towards greater use of hourly, contingent and contract workers. It is important that employers who choose this option have the right processes, policies and tools in place so that they can source, evaluate and reward non-traditional talent within their organisations.
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