HRM and skills development – June 2020

29 June 2020

EU skills forecast: challenges and opportunities in the coronavirus era
Cedefop has released their 2020 skills forecast, estimating the annual employment needs across sectors and occupations in the EU Members States (plus a few more countries) up to 2030. Cedefop states that despite the short-term Corona crisis, the key long-term factors (such as the ageing population, increasing use of automation/artificial intelligence, globalisation, resource scarcity and move towards a carbon neutral economy) will still be the main drivers for change.

2020 Global Human Capital Trends
In its 10th annual 2020 Global Human Capital Trends report (6.49 MB), “The social enterprise at work: Paradox as a path forward,” Deloitte examines ways to create sustainable business by finding the intersection between humans and technology and defining the core attributes that need to be embedded in the organisation to create and sustain that integration. Having surveyed approximately 55,000 business leaders over 10 years, this is the largest longitudinal study of its kind.

Canada: what employment will look like in 2030
As Canada and the world grapple with how to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, the need to design policies that will effectively support workers and businesses into the future is more pressing than ever. Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) has launched a Forecast of Canadian Occupational Growth (FCOG), which uses a unique combination of strategic foresight, expert insight and machine learning to project how Canada’s labour market may change by 2030. You can download the report (5.48 MB).

Teaching robots workplace etiquette
Workplace etiquette is one of those things that we humans tends to learn on the job - things like when it’s appropriate to communicate with colleagues, and if we should even be checking in at all. With that in mind, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have presented a paper (6.27 MB) on a new framework called CommPlan that, rather than telling robots exactly when and how to communicate, gives them a few high-level principles for good etiquette and then leaves it to the robot to make decisions that would allow it to finish the task as efficiently as possible.

Muscle signals can pilot a robot
Intuitiveness is essential to successful knowledge work, however it is hard to teach — especially to a machine. Looking to improve this, a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has presented a paper (5.28 MB) about a method for a more intimate human-robot collaboration. The system, is called Conduct-A-Bot and uses human muscle signals from wearable sensors to pilot a robot’s movement.

Infographic: Current state of working from home in 2020
APQC and Supply Chain Management Review collected information from 294 supply chain professionals in May 2020 specifically about the state of working from home for people in supply chain roles before, during, and after the COVID-19 global pandemic. The results are shown in an infographic (1.35 MB).

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