Global Human Capital Trends 2016
The new organization: Different by design
Effective organizations today are built around highly empowered teams, driven by a new model of management, and led by a breed of globally diverse leaders. More than 7,000 human resources and business leaders from 130 countries responded to this year's survey. From this research emerged 10 trends in organization design and culture; in learning, leadership, and workforce management; and within the HR function itself.
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The new organization: Different by design
Is your organization ready?
Sweeping global forces are reshaping the workplace, the workforce, and work itself. After years of struggling to drive employee engagement and retention, improve leadership, and build a meaningful culture, executives see a need to redesign the organization.
Four powerful forces—from demographic upheavals and the rise of digital technology to rapid business-model innovation, and socially driven evolution in the employer-employee relationship—are driving change for both HR functions and the organizations they serve, creating talent challenges and potential solutions radically different from those faced by previous generations of leaders.
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Human Capital Trends interactive dashboard
This powerful tool allows you to respond to this year’s 10 trends, establish a baseline for your current HC function, and compare your organization’s responses to the responses from this year’s sample of over 7,000 companies.
How it works
Use the dashboard to rate each trend in terms of its importance to your organization and your organization’s readiness to respond to it. You can also establish a baseline for the current state of your HC function and use the dashboard to specify the companies from this year’s sample you would like to compare your responses to, based on global region, country, organization size, and industry.
You can modify your responses and comparison samples as many times as you like, comparing your organization to similar organizations or to organizations in different geographies or industries, or of different sizes.
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Read this year’s 10 trends on Deloitte University Press
|Introduction: The new organization
By: Josh Bersin, Jason Geller, Nicky Wakefield, and Brett Walsh
CEOs and HR leaders are focused on understanding and creating a shared culture, designing a work environment that engages people, and constructing a new model of leadership and career development.
|Organizational structure: The rise of teams
By: Tiffany McDowell, Dimple Agarwal, Don Miller, Tsutomu Okamoto, and Trevor Page
Hierarchical organizational models aren’t just being turned upside down—they’re being deconstructed from the inside out. Businesses are reinventing themselves to operate as networks of teams to keep pace with the challenges of a fluid, unpredictable world.
|Leadership awakened: Generations, teams, science
By: Nicky Wakefield, Anthony Abbatiello, Dimple Agarwal, Karen Pastakia, and Ardie van Berkel
Leaders of all ages, genders, and cultures are now poised to take the reins at organizations around the world. How ready will these future business leaders be to take charge in an increasingly complex global marketplace?
|Culture: Shape culture, drive strategy
By: Marc Kaplan, Ben Dollar, Veronica Melian, Yves van Durme, and Jungle Wong
The impact of culture on business is hard to overstate: 82 percent of respondents to the Global Human Capital Trends 2016 survey believe that culture is a potential competitive advantage. Today, new tools can help leaders measure and manage culture towards alignment with business goals.
|Engagement: Always on
By: David Brown, Josh Bersin, Will Gosling, and Nathan Sloan
Employee engagement and retention today means understanding an empowered workforce’s desire for flexibility, creativity, and purpose. Under the evolving social contract between employer and employee, workers become “volunteers” to be reengaged and re-recruited each day.
|Learning: Employees take charge
By: Bill Pelster, Josh Haims, Jen Stempel, and Bernard van der Vyver
Corporate learning departments are changing from education providers to content curators and experience facilitators, developing innovative platforms that turn employee learning and development into a self-driven pursuit.
|Design thinking: Crafting the employee experience
By: Josh Bersin, Marc Solow, and Nicky Wakefield
Design thinking takes aim at the heart of unnecessary workplace complexity by putting the employee experience first—helping to improve productivity by designing solutions that are at once compelling, enjoyable, and simple.
|HR: Growing momentum toward a new mandate
By: Erica Volini, Art Mazor, Frank Schaefer, Akio Tsuchida, and Brett Walsh
Good news: This year’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 survey shows an improvement in the HR organization’s skills, business alignment, and ability to innovate. But as companies change the way they are organized, they must embrace the changing role of human resources as well.
|People analytics: Gaining speed
By: Josh Bersin, Laurence Collins, David Mallon, Jeff Moir, and Robert Straub
The use of analytics in human resources is growing, with organizations aggressively building people analytics teams, buying analytics offerings, and developing analytics solutions. HR now has the chance to demonstrate ROI on its analytics efforts, helping to make the case for further investment.
|Digital HR: Revolution, not evolution
By: Michael Stephan, Shinichiro Uzawa, Erica Volini, Brett Walsh, and Roberta Yoshida
A new world for human resources technology and design teams is on the horizon. Mobile and other technologies could allow HR leaders to revolutionize the employee experience through new digital platforms, apps, and ways of delivering HR services.
|The gig economy: Distraction or disruption?
By: Jeff Schwartz, Udo Bohdal-Spiegelhoff, Michael Gretczko, and Nathan Sloan
How can a business manage talent effectively when many, or even most, of its people are not actually its employees? Networks of people who work without any formal employment agreement—as well as the growing use of machines as talent—are reshaping the talent management equation.
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