the top 10 talent trends for 2017 to help your business evolve in the post-digital age

the top 10 talent trends for 2017 to help your business evolve in the post-digital age
The Randstad Sourcelight Talent Trends Report 2017 asked more than 400 market leaders across global organisations about the challenges they face in an ever-changing workplace. The key findings found that human capital leaders are primarily concerned with ideas of digital innovation, talent management and agile working. Talent mobilization, automation and millennials in the workplace were also featured as top trends for 2017.

On a global scale, the World Bank anticipates that in 2017 alone the global economy will expand by 2.8% and a further 3% in 2018. So the talent is out there, but it’s far more mobilised in today’s app-driven economy, where “gig” work is becoming more popular and employees’ expectations have changed and are continually rising. 

Non-traditional talent sourcing is growing, robotics are now integral to a number of working environments and investing in analytics is looking like the best way to stay ahead of your competitors.  
 
In addition to this, Randstad’s quarterly Workmonitor & Mobility Index for 2016 also identified the weaknesses in New Zealand business, with over 50% of Kiwis admitting that they need more digital skills. While 86% of Kiwis surveyed acknowledged the importance for their current employer to have a digital strategy, only 64% state that the company they work for actually has one. 

This year’s 10 ten trends highlight how employers will look to combat the digital skills shortage and embrace technological developments to stay ahead of the game… 

the top 10 talent trends for 2017

trend 1: talent Mobilization 
The work environment is becoming more and more about managing a “gig’ economy and agile working. A massive 81% of companies agreed that talent scarcity will affect their business in the next 12 months. 

trend 2: robots in the break room
In the latest Talent Intelligence Outlook survey, a quarter of human capital leaders said they had increased the use of robotics in the last 12 months, with 48% agreeing that robotics have had a positive impact. 

trend 3: insights-driven organisations
In our modern fast-paced climate how do you know if your workforce is achieving the right outcomes and results? The report identified that 48% of organisations are investing in talent analytics dashboards, while 71% said that analytics play a critical role in engaging talent. 

trend 4: the freelance economy 
The work environment is becoming more and more about managing a “gig’ economy and agile working. A massive 81% of companies agreed that talent scarcity will affect their business in the next 12 months. 

trend 5: millennials in the workplace
Not only are millennials the biggest growing portion of the workforce, but they are also the most digitally savvy portion. Millennials are growing up and becoming leaders, and they expect a lot from their employers, but are they ready? 

trend 6: embracing technology
Technology is always evolving and can be critical in the search for managing and sourcing new talent. But is your company knowledgeable enough to make the right investment in new technology? 

trend 7: integrated talent
An integrated talent approach, a model that encompasses all of your workers, is a growing trend among human capital leaders. 91% of adopters are very satisfied with an integrated talent model, with up to 12% confirming a saving on recruitment. 

trend 8: employer branding 
There is a growing concern about how businesses are truly perceived by the public. Understanding your brand can not only help you to refine your messaging but also give you a competitive edge. The report revealed that 40% of respondents will be investing in employer branding over the next 12 months. 

trend 9: HR digitization 
The digitization of HR has sped up over the last few years and helped to automate laborious processes that weighed employees down when it comes to organising staff. While only 6% of respondents said digitization was there biggest pain point, 39% said digitization would have a great impact on their business practices. 
 
trend 10: the agile workforce 
Freelancers, “gig” workers and Statement of Work are all becoming more prominent and having a huge impact on businesses. While the number has grown rapidly there is also a growing concern about how to manage these new employees, and many companies are looking to implement a new contingency plan to track, monitor and report on these workers this year. 

Look out for more articles about Talent Trends over the next few weeks and don't forget to keep an eye on #REBR2017 for the latest news on employer branding. 
Posted: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - 11:00 AM