2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trend

Rewriting the rules for the digital age

With more than 10,000 HR and business leaders in 140 countries weighing in, our 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report reveals that business and HR teams must adapt their organizational structures to withstand the pace of the digital revolution. This report marks the fifth anniversary of our annual deep dive into human capital trends, and is our largest and most extensive survey to date.

This year, we propose a “new set of rules” to navigate the changing landscape. This call to action reflect the shifts in mind-set and behavior that we believe are required to lead, organize, motivate, manage, and engage the 21st-century workforce. Faced with the digital revolution, companies must rewrite the rules or risk losing the game.

As technology advances at an unprecedented rate, individuals are working hard to keep up and are adapting relatively quickly to ongoing innovations. Organizations, however, are moving at a slower pace. Many still retain industrial age structures and practices that are long outdated. Even slower to catch up are public policy issues affecting business and society, such as income inequality, unemployment, immigration, and trade.  

HR can play a unique role in closing these gaps. The report reveals 10 areas to focus on to better organize, manage, develop, and align people at work. Use it—and share it with your team and colleagues—to understand the shift from the old rules to the new, and to build knowledge to help your organization adapt and thrive in the digital age.

Ten Global Trends

  • The Organization of the future: Arriving now
  • Careers & Learning: Real time, all the time
  • Talent Acquisition: Enter the cognitive recruiter
  • The Employee Experience: Culture, engagement and beyond
  • Performance Management: Play a winning hand
  • Leadership Disrupted: Pushing the boundaries
  • Digital HR: Platforms, people , and work
  • People Analytics: Recalculating the route
  • Diversity & Inclusion: The reality Gap
  • The future of work: The augmented workforce

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