HRM and skills development – January 2021

01 February 2021

Lifelong learning for China's workforce
In an extensive report (Reskilling China), McKinsey analyses what China should do to transform their workforce from "hard, disciplined, compliant workers" to "adaptive, lifelong learners." Over the next decade, China's job market will face two major changes. The content of jobs is changing due to, among other things, automation, while the average age of the workforce is rising. McKinsey outlines the trends quantitatively and qualitatively and emphasises the importance of business-oriented training providers. You can download the report after registering.

Lockdown reinforces awareness on learning and continued self-development (in Dutch), a partnership of training institutes, surveyed 1,069 Dutch professionals about their feelings toward following a course, workshop or training. The harsh reality of the lockdown's impact on their jobs has made them start thinking a lot. Many draw the conclusion that continuing to learn and develop is essential to continue to grow in one's current position and remain valuable to the organisation as a whole. You can read all about it in the report (in Dutch) that you will receive after filling in your details (in Dutch).

Deloitte: back to the human factor in the post-COVID organization
The Deloitte report The social enterprise in a world disrupted; leading the shift from survive to thrive (7.76 MB) offers a picture of the changing mindset at the level of CEOs and HRM managers (a total of 3630 were surveyed). Two-thirds (69%) of those surveyed said they had taken steps that allowed employees in the COVID situation to better integrate their personal and professional lives. Nevertheless, they are concerned about the (hidden) causes of possible departures of hard-to-replace employees.

The impact of age on the labour force
The OECD has published Promoting an Age-Inclusive Workforce (6.31 MB), a systematic economic overview that identifies, in particular, the age of the workforce, the number of years a person works and the productivity of the organisation. An interesting fact is that companies with more older employees than the average company are slightly more productive.

PwC outlines future of mobile ("virtual") working
Mobility programs have been driving multinational companies to get the right talent in the right location for decades. But what is "mobility"? Non-traditional forms of mobility that do not require a formal move to another city or country were already growing exponentially before the global pandemic, COVID is accelerating the trend. You can read the analysis in the PwC report Embracing the future of mobility (597 kB).

Robots will not replace humans in the coming decades
This is the conclusion drawn by scientists at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics after analysing trends in the development of science and digital society over the past 15 years. The results were published (abstract) in the journal Intellectual Capital. “In improving creative and scientific ideas in the coming decades, the machine will not be able to replace the human mind," said Prof. Alexander Alekseev, professor of organizational and managerial innovations.

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