HRM and skills development – April 2022

02 May 2022

The future of work and employees in packaging
New demands from the market and society will increase the pressure on the packaging workforce to improve both technical and social skills. Efficiency of work processes must be coupled with greater openness to societal demands, such as the use of plastics and recycling-oriented design. This vision was further elaborated in a presentation (1.03 MB) by NVC training manager Oscar Faber for the NVC Live Online Café on 1 April 2022. The vision also underlies the upcoming annual meeting on sustainable employability of packaging-related staff that will take place 28 June 2022.

Hybrid working: inspiration and lessons from practice from 10 organisations
Commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (in Dutch), Capgemini interviewed ten different organisations about hybrid working. The report (in Dutch, 9.84 MB) provides insight into how the ten different organisations give shape to hybrid working: what agreements do they make, what do they encounter and what advantages and disadvantages do they identify? Making agreements about hybrid working mainly requires customisation and facilitating a good home workplace is important. In addition, the layout of offices is adapted to facilitate hybrid working.

Great Resignation shows no sign of slowing, says Randstad
According to a survey under 35,000 employees by Randstad, a clear power shift is under way, as people rethink priorities, choosing to put their personal fulfilment first and not being afraid to call it quits if a job no longer suits their needs. Amid talent shortages, businesses need to rethink their approach to attracting and retaining staff, or face serious competition. You can download the report after filling in your details.

Education industry moves in emerging technologies and blended learning methods
A transition to remote learning during the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies within the education industry. Schools in cooperation with governments and the private sector have developed distance learning solutions to ensure learning continuity. These and other insights you may read in an article by Euromonitor’s Gaile Mikalauskaite.

Work Trend Index indicates how hybrid working might, eeehhhh, work
To help leaders navigate the uncertainty, the Microsoft 2022 Work Trend Index outlines findings” from a study of 31,000 people in 31 countries, along with an analysis of “trillions of productivity signals in Microsoft365 and labor trends on Microsoft daugther company LinkedIn. While we’re all learning as we go, the findings reveal an urgent opportunity - and responsibility - for leaders to approach the transition with a positive intention and a growth mindset, or risk being left behind. You can download the report (5.2 MB) here.

Certifications as a tool to increase labour-market mobility
The current and potential roles for industry and professional certifications as a vehicle for increasing labour-market mobility is the focus of this Lumina Foundation-funded study reported by Workcred. As many workers seek to acquire new skills and credentials that they hope will support their careers or a change in careers, they face a confusing landscape of credentials in the form of degrees, certificates, certifications, licenses and badges. The project has culminated in five reports: Understanding Certifications (9.23 MB), Certifications as Tools for Promoting Economic Mobility (8.1 MB), Accreditation Standards: The Primary Source of Quality Assurance for Certifications (1.77 MB), Recertification: A Distinguishing Feature of Certifications (7.83 MB) and Certifications: The Ideal, Reality, and Potential (1.65 MB).

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