HRM and skills development – September 2022

04 October 2022

Returning to the office: the current, preferred and future state of remote work
Gallup has surveyed 8,090 remote-capable employees in the USA on their current and future working conditions. Gallup estimates that more than seventy million USA workers can do their job working remotely in principle. Around one in five of the remote-capable employees is currently working fully on-site. When an employee's location preference doesn't match his/her current work location, burnout rises while engagement drops.

Employer views on skills policy in the UK
The UK the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD has published a survey report (849 kB) that provides recommendations for both organisations and public policy-makers on how to develop the workforce. CIPD looks at six key areas: labour and skills shortages, employer approaches to training, relationships with training providers, young people and work, apprenticeships and technical education.

Knowledge migrants from outside the EU might fill more Dutch job vacancies
Knowledge migrants from outside the EU want to stay longer or permanently in the Netherlands and also more often intend to learn Dutch and apply for Dutch citizenship than those from within the EU. Attracting knowledge migrants from outside the EU might therefore be better in fighting the Dutch labour market shortage than attracting knowledge migrants from within the EU. This is reported by Intelligence Group and Ravecruitment as a result of their recent research on the topic. You can download the report after filling in your details.

Half of the industrial companies in the Netherlands use cobots
Research by Reichelt elektronik reported by AutomationNL (in Dutch) shows the rise of robotics and collaborative robots (cobots) among Dutch industrial companies. Around 47% of these companies already use cobots and another 32% plan to do so in the next twelve months. To make the introduction of robots a success, Dutch companies especially want people with robotics knowledge and skills. Nearly 90% consider the presence of professionals willing to learn new skills in robotics important.

International standard on lifting and carrying revised
NEN (in Dutch) reports on the revision of international standard ISO 11228-1. The standard specifies recommended limits for manual lifting, lowering and carrying while taking into account the intensity, frequency and duration of the task. It is designed to provide requirements and recommendations on the assessment of several task variables, allowing the health risks for the working population to be evaluated. Stay informed on all packaging related standards via the NVC World Packaging Standardisation Guide.

Just 25% of employees confident about career at their current employer
Only one in four employees is confident about their career path at their current organisation, according to a study by Gartner. More than 3,300 employees were surveyed, revealing that fewer than one in three employees knows how to progress their career over the next five years. Many employees do not feel that they can rely on their managers for help – only 50% of employees report that their manager tailors feedback based on the role they want to move into. As a result, employees are increasingly considering leaving their organisations.

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