Global Human Capital Trends 2014

Engaging the 21st-century workforce

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.

Explore the latest edition - Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the new world of work - or view the 2014 report below.

As the world comes out of the recession, organizations see a new workforce, one that’s younger, more demanding, and more dynamic than ever. Our research identified 12 critical trends that are helping drive the human capital agenda for the coming year.

We have identified the top 10 findings from of the survey, but invite you to interact with the Human Capital Trends Dashboard to explore the trends by geography, industry, and company size.


Read the ABC News story from 04 November 2014, or listen to the podcast recording, featuring the trend The Overwhelmed Employee: Simplify the work environment.

Lead and develop

  • Leaders at all levels: Close the gap between hype and readiness
  • Corporate learning redefined: Prepare for a revolution
  • Performance management is broken: Replace “rank and yank” with coaching and development
  • The quest for workforce capability: Create a global skills supply chain
Lead and develop

Attract and engage

  • Talent acquisition revisited: Deploy new approaches for the new battlefield
  • Beyond retention: Build passion and purpose
  • From diversity to inclusion: Shift from compliance to diversity as a business strategy
  • The overwhelmed employee: Simplify the work environment
Attract and engage

Transform and reinvent

  • The reskilled HR team: Transform HR professionals into skilled business consultants
  • Talent analytics in practice: Move from talking to delivering on big data
  • Race to the cloud: Integrate talent, HR, and business technologies
  • The global and local HR function: Balance scale and agility
Transform and reinvent
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