HRM and skills development – October 2020

02 November 2020

What 800 executives envision for the post-pandemic workforce
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to working lives in the short term and is likely to change the way work is executed also in the long term. To understand these changes, McKinsey commissioned a survey of business executives around the world in June 2020. The results suggest that the crisis may accelerate some workforce trends already underway, such as the adoption of automation and digitisation, increased demand for contractors and gig workers, and more remote work. Those changes in turn will create greater demand for workers to fill jobs in areas like health and hygiene, cybersecurity, and data analytics.

New ISO document for occupational health and safety metrics
Some three million people die as a result of work-related accidents or illness each year, on top of the hundreds of millions who suffer injuries. This fact is giving rise to relevant laws and significant investments in occupational health and safety, but it is not easy to grasp how to be sure such measures work and how well staff is actually doing. A new ISO document (ISO/TS 24179:2020 Human resource management – Occupational health and safety metrics) is the first of a large series of technical specifications (TS) and guidance documents to provide comparable measures for internal and external reporting in human resource management.

Engagement and workplace resilience in times of COVID19
ADP has published a survey (1.46 MB) addressing Engagement and Workplace Resilience. Engagement is a positive state of mind characterised by “vigour, dedication, and absorption”. Workplace Resilience is the capacity of an individual to withstand, bounce back from, and work through challenging circumstances or events at work. Where measuring Engagement captures how individuals are proactive in delivering their best work, Workplace Resilience is a reactive measure, capturing how people respond when challenges arise. This study focuses on how COVID19 has affected Engagement and Workplace Resilience — and the interplay between them — in 25 countries.

Nordic countries and finance sector in Europe praised by Cedefop
High investment, ‘high involvement’ workplaces have the best outcomes for workers and employers according to a recent large-scale survey (6.92 MB) of company practices across Europe. Only 20% of EU organisations fall into this category, according to Cedefop. These companies, which are managing to boost performance while also improving workers’ job quality, can be found across all types of business regardless of country, size, sector, or competitiveness strategy, but are most prevalent in Nordic countries, such as Finland and Sweden, and in sectors known to have better working conditions, such as financial services.

Effective education programmes, workshops and courses in the year 2080
As COVID19 accelerates the drive towards online knowledge exchange, better education and training of both young adults and experienced workers are requiring urgent attention. How to prevent (business) students from dropping out, how to benefit from the upcoming methods and technologies to create truthful, engaging and self-stimulating learning? These questions will be addressed jointly by the NVC members on Thursday 5 November 2020 in a worldwide accessible live online working group meeting on Life Long Learning for the packaging business community, starting 3 PM CET. The results will be presented that same day in a worldwide accessible livestream broadcast, from 4.30-6 PM CET. More information can be found here. If you would like to participate in the live working group, please send an e-mail to

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