Engagement, empowerment and environmental shifts in the workplace

February 1, 2015

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‘How do we attract, engage and lead people in this new world of work?’ This has become a top issue for business leaders today, recent research from Bersin by Deloitte has found. The question is one of the 10 key trends identified in the report ‘Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organisation for a Rapidly Changing World’.

‘Our research shows that engagement is now the number two issue on the minds of [human resource (HR)] leaders (preceded only by leadership)’, the author, Josh Bersin, writes. Empowerment and the environment are also central themes this year. We should ‘engage people in our mission and strategy; empower and develop people to perform and thrive; create an environment of simplicity and productivity,’ he explains.

The 10 predictions presented for 2015 also cover topics from workplace simplification through to technologies for HR, new investment in refocusing and reshaping talent acquisition and innovative new solutions that drive high levels of value, among others.

According to the report, the overall big trend is that ‘almost everything we’ve done traditionally in HR has to be adjusted (or re-engineered). The younger, more mobile, more agile workforce and workplace we now live in demand new approaches.’

Thus, Josh Bersin adds, ‘2015 is the time to be bold, innovative, and forward thinking…Yesterday’s approaches to recruiting, performance management, training and even compensation do not necessarily make sense. We need to reengineer the workplace, rethink jobs and rethink the way we attract, engage and manage people.’

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