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The battle for talent: How people skills are rising to the top of the innovation agenda

March 7, 2018

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According to Indeed’s Employer Outlook report, most companies are expecting to hire more people in 2018 than in 2017. These figures back up one of the trends that everyone was pinpointing for the year ahead: people skills really do matter.

Recognising the value of intangible assets to make an impact on organisations, such as talent and ideas, 61% of C-suite executives now consider people skills one of the most significant external forces behind business growth, marginally behind market factors and technology.

The search goes beyond reducing the skills gaps, which still remains important, especially technology skills. But when it comes to innovation management and business performance, investing in talent and developing skills are recurrent themes in organisations today.

However, companies are not just looking to increase their hiring rate; they are also looking inward to find new talent and the next rising star. From aligning business and development teams to distinguishing internal processes, many leaders are looking to foster innovation and expand their innovation teams from within their company walls.

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