HRM and skills development – October 2021

02 November 2021

The future of work: unique presentation in CPB annual meeting
How will work develop in the future? This question was the focus of a unique lecture (7.24 MB) given by Prof. David Autor (MIT, USA) at the annual meeting of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) on 23 September 2021. Prof. Autor showed which jobs have disappeared over the past century, which have remained and which new jobs have emerged. He linked historical data to functions mentioned in patent applications and thus also managed looked into the future, so to say. Two important aspects of work changes are 'augmentation' and 'automation'. In the first case the work deepens, in the second case the work disappears (or rather, a machine takes over completely and usually does it better).
Among other reports, we will discuss this study together with NVC member companies on 25 November 2021 in the Life Long Learning working group of the Packaging in the Year 2080 conference.

How do we keep enough qualified personnel?
As many as 7 in 10 companies in the Netherlands are confident about their growth prospects for 2022. However, they expect that it will be difficult to find qualified personnel and even more to retain current employees. This is evident from the “Salary Guide 2022” by recruitment agency Robert Half (in Dutch), an annual survey of salaries, trends and changes in the labour market. You can access the guide after filling in your details (in Dutch).

Top five priorities for HR managers in 2022
Gartner surveyed more than 500 HR managers in 60 countries and all major industries to identify HR trends and assess HR priorities and expected challenges for 2022 ("Top 5 HR Trends and Priorities for 2022"). Building critical skills and competencies tops the list, but many HR managers will also prioritise change management initiatives, leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). You can download the survey after filling in your e-mail address.

Effectively transitioning to hybrid working
The pandemic has fundamentally changed the expectations that employees have about their work. It is highly likely that after COVID, employees will want to retain the flexibility to work at home or in the office - the hybrid work model. In a white paper "Hybrid working is the new normal: how are you preparing your company for the changes ahead?" Effectory describes how to effectively transform working conditions towards hybrid working. You can download the whitepaper after filling in your details.

ATD introduces model for talent and skills development
The Association For Talent Development (ATD) introduces their Talent Development Capability Model, which allows organizations to systematically increase the talent and capability of their employees. According to ATD, the model sets a new standard for the field of HRM. It is future-oriented and can be personalized. In addition, the model responds to trends that influence talent development, such as digital transformation, data analysis, availability of information and partnerships between talent development and the business.

Recognising and supporting employees with Long COVID
Long COVID has already affected millions of working people. With symptoms ranging from breathlessness and fatigue to weakness and cognitive impairment, heart and respiratory problems, Long COVID can sometimes affect a person's output for months and the long-term outlook is still unknown. An article in HRNews provides an analysis.

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