Global Human Capital Trends 2014

CEOs and HR leaders see talent as a major challenge to growth. Where should you focus? Our survey of 2500+ leaders in 90+ countries reveals 12 critical trends shaping the human capital agenda.


The overwhelmed employee

Simplify the work environment

Technology and too much access have turned us into “overwhelmed” employees. Nearly every company sees this as a challenge to individual productivity and overall performance, but struggles to handle it.

People are overwhelmed with the volume and always-on nature of messages, email, information, and work-related activities. Our mobile devices now let us bring work with us 24/7. Yet we know this is destructive to our family lives, our ability to focus, and our organization’s ability to make strategic decisions.  

More than one-third of executives in our global survey rated this issue among their top five priorities, but fewer than one in 10 thought they were dealing with it effectively. What can be done to manage the frenetic communications practices that overwhelm employees, simplify the work environment, create more flexible work standards, and teach workers how to prioritize? Read what companies are doing and get new ideas to address this fast-growing human capital challenge.

Meet the authors

Ardie van Berkel

Ardie van Berkel

Human Capital Leader, EMEA

Ardie is the Human Capital Leader for the Netherla...More

Ian Winstrom Otten

Ian Winstrom Otten

HR Transformation Practice Leader, Japan

Ian focuses on helping global clients improve the ...More

Jeff Schwartz

Jeff Schwartz

Global Human Capital Leader -Marketing, Eminence

Jeff is the practice leader for the Human Capital ...More

Tom Hodson

Tom Hodson

Managing Principal, Leadership Center for Clients

Tom collaborates with our clients on leader and te...More

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