Human Capital Trends 2017


2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends

Rewriting the rules for the digital age

Organizations face a radically shifting context for the workforce, the workplace, and the world of work. Our survey of more than 10,000 business and HR leaders from 140 countries reveals 10 areas for businesses to focus on to better organize, manage, develop, and align people at work.

A call to action for HR and business leaders

A number of converging issues are driving the need to "rewrite the rules." Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate. Individuals are relatively quick to adapt to ongoing innovations, but organizations move at a slower pace. Many still retain industrial age structure and practices that are long outdated. Even slower moving are public policy issues, such as income inequality, unemployment, immigration, and trade.


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It's these gaps among technology, individuals, businesses, and public policy that are creating a unique opportunity for HR to help leaders and organizations adapt to technology, help people adapt to new models of work and careers, and help the company as a whole adapt to and encourage positive changes in society, regulation, and public policy.

Organizations should capitalize on digital HR to develop a 21st-century workforce

Belgian chapter

This is Deloitte’s largest study of talent challenges and trends to date. More than 10.000 business and HR leaders from 140 countries responded to this year’s survey, including 779 Belgian respondents.

Did you know that…

  • digital disruption emerged as a core theme this year?
  • the Belgian chapter of the report was compiled thanks to the input of 779 business and HR leaders from Belgium based companies?
  • business executives make up almost 70 percent of Belgian respondents? This ensures that the report provides profound business insights (not only HR) into the challenges organisations face in preparing for the future.
  • although building the ‘Organisation of the future’ is by far the most important trend in the Belgian business environment, organisations are not ready to tackle the challenge?
  • ‘Talent acquisition’ and ‘Careers and learning’ are the number two and three trends this year? The evergreen topic on ‘Leadership’ is – after several years – no longer part of the top 3 trends.
  • the Belgian data indicates that a redesign of jobs via robotic process automation (RPA) and cognitive technologies does not seem to keep the respondents awake?
  • the recognition of the trends does not necessarily imply an intent for investments to react to these challenges?

2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends | Rewriting the rules for the digital age

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Deloitte has been conducting and compiling global research into human capital trends since 2012—a body of work that represents some of the longest-running and most comprehensive study of HR, talent, and related technology topics ever conducted. Exploring past trend reports gives insight into the ongoing and emerging forces shaping the world of work.

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