HRM and skills development – February 2020

03 March 2020

Global talent shortages highest of the last decade
ManpowerGroup reports from their study “Closing the Skills Gap: what workers Want” that 54% of companies are reporting talent shortages anno 2019, the highest of the past decade. Attracting and retaining capable staff has become a key priority. The survey (3.91 MB) analyses the different categories of employees (Gen Zs, Gen Xers, Boomers, women and men).
As digital upskilling and adapting to changes continue, a report by Forrester (“The Future Of work Is Still Being Written”) shows the importance of education in the workplace. The report, that was commissioned by UiPath, includes a graph with the disruption to traditional employment versus the skills and income gap. You can download the report after filling in your details.

Quality management for human capital
Ensuring that people have the right skills for their job is a key element of an organisation’s success. A recently revised ISO world standard (ISO 10015, Quality management – Guidelines for competence management and people development) helps organisations address issues related to competence management by taking a quality management approach.

New working group encourages Lifelong Learning in packaging
The retirement age is rising, we have to work longer and packaging knowledge is ageing faster and faster. The only way to remain competitive as a company and employable as an employee is to continue to develop yourself. An international working group by NVC has started to analyse the trends and set the right course for the future. The next plenary meeting of the group is 6 May 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Humans and robot in the working place
With the arrival of all kinds of robots in the warehouse, many question arise on what this means for the people working there. A TKI Dinalog (in Dutch) study focuses on the above questions with a focus on specific robots, namely pick support AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) and flexible robots. The ramifications of the new requirements for education are also charted in the report (in Dutch, 2.8 MB).
To make human-robot collaboration as safe as possible, “soft robots” made of flexible and soft materials are becoming common. These robots are vulnerable to damage by sharp objects or excessive pressure and repairing is expensive. VUB scientist Seppe Terryn has published a solution to this problem using self-healing polymers.

Better Work - if you can get it
In the report (in Dutch, 3.41 MB) “Het betere werk” (The Better Work), the Dutch government scientific advisory board WRR (in Dutch) formulates three conditions for good work that fit the wishes of Dutch society and the nature of the economy: grip on money (an appropriate wage with sufficient certainties); grip on work (autonomy and connectedness at work); and grip on life (a good work-life balance). You can also watch a video (in Dutch) about the report.

Top Employers touch 10 targets for 2030 in education
On 24 January 2020 (UN International Day of Education), a Top Employers Institute online message presses the need to implement HR practices that support opportunities for lifelong learning and skills development. Meanwhile the World Economic Forum WEF shared insights on the future of employment and automation in the coming years at their Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos.

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