Deloitte’s Surveying the talent paradox from an employee perspective

The economic turbulence of the past few years has created a talent paradox: amid stubbornly high unemployment, employers still face challenges filling technical and skilled jobs. Employers now need to adjust their talent management initiatives to focus on retaining employees with critical skills who are at a high risk of departure and the capable leaders who can advance their companies amidst continuing global economic turbulence.

To help employers gain a better understanding of the latest employee attitudes and emerging talent trends, Deloitte Consulting LLP teamed with Forbes Insights to survey 560 employees across virtually every major industry and global region. Based on the results and Deloitte’s analysis of the talent market, three emerging challenges rose to the top:

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Watching and listening: Race Against the Machine: A Conversation with Andrew McAfee (no typo)

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Digital technologies are rapidly encroaching on skills that used to belong to humans alone. This phenomenon is broad and deep and has profound economic implications. Many of these implications are positive; digital innovation increases productivity, reduces prices, and grows the overall economic pie. But digital innovation has also changed how the economic pie is distributed, and here the news is not good for the median worker. As technology races ahead, it can leave many people behind. Workers whose skills have been mastered by computers have less to offer the job market and see their wages and prospects shrink. Entrepreneurial business models, new organizational structures, and different institutions are needed to ensure that the average worker is not left behind by cutting-edge machines.

McAfee brings together a range of statistics, examples, and arguments to show that technological progress is accelerating, and that this trend has deep consequences for skills, wages, and jobs. He makes the case that employment prospects are grim for many people today, not because technology has stagnated, but instead because we humans and our organizations aren’t keeping up.

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Saul Kaplan’s Future of work

First sentence should be broadened. During any Labor Day one should reflect on the future of work. And then act accordingly.

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It seems fitting during Labor Day week to reflect on the future of work. Today’s concept of work, employment, and jobs are an outgrowth of an industrial era that is long gone. The industrial era is not coming back and it is time to rethink the basic concept of work. Despite what politicians say most of the jobs lost in the current downturn aren’t coming back. Work takes on new meaning in the 21st century and it is time to change our conversation. The real wake-up call of this downturn is the enormous skill’s gap between the requirements of a 21st century economy and the skills and experience of the current workforce. Waving our hands and political rhetoric will not close the gap. Our education and workforce development systems must be transformed. Now. The nature of work and the way we think about jobs must change dramatically. Labor Day seems like a good day to start.

Here are 20 random thoughts on the future of work.

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And click here for another view about the future of work (with appraisal for The power of pull)

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Recommended: Dan Robles’ Few Predictions for the Innovation Economy

Found at A Few Predictions for the Innovation Economy.

Network will become the corporate structure of the future. They will spit out start-ups at an astonishing rate.

The “resume system” will be banished forever possibly earning the title of the cruelest human invention since the lobotomy.

The University System will be challenged – the relevance of the college degree will be questioned in an economy that favors unique combination of knowledge assets rather than everyone having the same “degree”.

Everyone will have visibility of supply and demand for knowledge assets meaning that employers and employees will have equal information about cost, availability, and demand.

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Watch this video: Carlota Perez – 2020 Shaping Ideas

By 2020, our world could be in the middle of a sustainable golden age, but it depends on how we handle the current recession. Carlota Perez, professor of technology and socio-economic development at the Technological University of Tallinn, explains how the global economy depends on technological advances.

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Reading Leadership, Thinking Ten Years Ahead – Imagining the Future of Leadership @Harvard Business Review

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‘m convinced that — with new skills tuned to external futureforces — leaders can make better organizations, better communities, and a better world.

Ourlast big economic driver was engineering and the first stage of the digital age. At Institute for the Future, in our annual ten-year forecast program, we see an underlying shift to biology as a driver, and what I’m starting to think of as the “global well-being economy.” If biology and the global well-being economy will drive the future, what does that suggest for leaders? How can leaders grow their own empathy with nature and the global well-being economy?

Self-interest and competition will not be enough

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Indeed: No return to business as usual (or not)

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Businesses will only truly start to recover from the recession when they realise that there is going to be no return to pre-recession “normality” and the new, unpleasant, more precarious economic world we are now living in is likely to be with us until at least 2015.

The somewhat bleak prognosis has come from an array of British business organisations, academics and think-tanks brought together by accounting and business services firm BDO.

It is also a sharp wake-up call to the 44 per cent of firms polled by BDO that believe that the economy will return to “business as usual” within the next two years.

The report included forecasts by senior economists from bodies such as the Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Directors and the Institute for Public Policy Research, in collaboration with the Centre for Future Studies.

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