HRM and skills development – November 2023

05 December 2023

Women in the workplace: a natural need for industry, also in packaging
Women are more ambitious than ever, and workplace flexibility is fuelling them. Yet despite some hard-fought gains, women’s representation is not keeping pace. This is according to the latest Women in the Workplace report (8.65 MB) from McKinsey, in partnership with LeanIn.Org.

OECD Skills Outlook 2023: towards a green an digital transition
The Skills Outlook 2023 by OECD highlights the importance of supporting individuals in acquiring a wide range of skills, at varying levels of proficiency, to promote economic and social resilience. Education systems that equip people not only with skills but also the right attitudes to manage change can ensure that the green and digital transition keeps pace. You can read the report online.

Skills shortages serious problem for growth EU SMEs
A new Eurobarometer survey, released by the European Commission, finds that skills shortages are one of the most serious problems for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The problem has grown over the years and now encompasses all EU Member States and all sectors of the economy. You can read the Eurobarometer 2024 online.

AI and the future of work: threat or promise?
Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) a threat or a promise in the future of work? A podcast by the International Labour Organization (ILO) examines this question and explores the impact of AI on issues such as gender balance, social justice, and other ethical and moral questions arising from its use in the workplace.

UK employers moving to investigate, implement, invest in GenAI
The Labour Market Outlook – Autumn 2023 (1.05 MB) by the CIPD reveals that 41% of UK employers see generative AI as an opportunity for their organisation. Employers anticipate potential benefits including increased productivity or efficiency, cost-savings, enhanced decision-making and increased customer satisfaction, although some see no benefits to their organisation.

Gartner HR Research: only 1 out of 3 employees engaged, enthusiastic by their work
Less than one-third of employees report they are engaged, enthusiastic and/or energised by their work, according to research presented at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference on 24 October 2023. “Despite organizations making investments in engaging their employees, our research shows that almost 70% don’t feel as engaged as they should be”, according to Gartner.

Skills-based or diploma-based hiring?
Inclusive HRM is one of the ways to mitigate shortages on the labour market. But which factors enhance the probability of a job interview among people at ‘a distance to the labour market’? A study (in Dutch, 164 kB) in the Rotterdam industrial area entitled “Inclusief HRM: Wie wordt uitgenodigd voor een sollicitatiegesprek?” shows that human capital (educational level and soft skills) as well as age and a person’s health are important factors in understanding who gets an invitation for a job interview.

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