Prediction season is my favorite time of year. Between November and January, people discuss the talent trends they have been seeing and how they expect those trends to play out in the coming year.
Sometimes I agree with the predictions, and other times I’m afraid I have to disagree. Reading them makes me think. I am forced to form an opinion. If I don’t feel I have enough information, I must do my research. Predictions are more than a list to me.
Regular readers of HR Bartender will know I am a member of The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. We are a think tank that assists organizations in improving their performance by managing human capital issues. We produce a list of predictions each year that will impact the workforce. The 2020 list was released a few weeks back, and while some of the predictions will not surprise you, like employee wellness or family leave, others might be surprising. A few of the items might be surprising to you, such as how organizations handle activism and political discourse at work. I hope you will take the time to view the complete list on The Workforce Institute blog.
Talent is undoubtedly one of the most important trends in the workplace. How to attract and retain employees. Recently, I was part of the Workforce Institute podcast ” Preparing your Workforce for Future of Work“. Martin Armstrong, Charter Communication’s vice president of payroll sharing services, Alexandra Levit (author of the book Humanity Works: Merging Technologies, People for the Workforce of the Future), and Joyce Maroney (executive director of The Workforce Institute) are also part of the conversation. We discuss talent development and organizational agility, as well as the role technology, plays in employee reskilling. The session is interesting, and you can get SHRM and HRCI recertification credit.
Publishing books is another activity that The Workforce Institute engages in. The latest book is ” Being present: A practical guide for Transforming Employee Experiences of Your Frontline Workers“. This is my fourth book with the group and the second I have been part of. “Being Present” contains a chapter about performance management. It also includes some talent trends that I have noticed when it comes to annual performance reviews. It’s worth a look. You can get a digital copy of “Being present” for free by clicking this link and entering the password (lowercase). I hope you will download the book and pass it on to your colleagues.