Take action on ‘at risk’ areas urgently
FS ‘at risk’ ratings are higher than the global average for all industries for 40 out of 45 organisational capabilities in our survey. This suggests that while FS leaders recognise the importance of preparing their workforce for the future, other priorities are getting in the way. It is important that these gaps be addressed urgently. This includes the scenario planning and employee engagement needed to develop future workforce strategies, align stakeholders, and then deploy and iterate.
Create a compelling people experience
A great people experience has as much to do with workloads, the working environment (virtual as well as physical) and how management engages with employees, as it has to do with training and other HR-led programmes. Good work is also central: work that is meaningful and fulfilling, with a sense of purpose, a nurturing environment and opportunities for personal and professional development. Employees today demand greater control over how they work. This requires the right balance between autonomy and accountability, being receptive to new ideas, new avenues for collaboration, and supporting the experimentation needed to drive innovation.
Use workforce analytics
Data analytics can give FS organisations a critical edge in anticipating future talent needs. It can provide insights on how to create a compelling people experience and it can also help to eliminate potential biases in selection, assignment and appraisal. For FS, the survey highlights the importance of recruiting, developing and retaining HR talent with data modelling skill sets, as well as the ability to interpret data and to understand its business implications.
Tap into flexible talent and ideas
New approaches to engagement are needed to build an ecosystem of independent talent across geographical borders. Priorities include identifying what skills the organisation needs and where people with such skills are found. Organisations need to build a capability to readily harness a more flexible talent mix and crowdsourced ideas.
Tech-savvy HR needs to step up
FS needs to build HR’s understanding of technological change and its implications. HR should be at the forefront of moves towards greater automation and AI, rather than simply responding to changes in technology. Priorities include bringing HR and business leaders together to assess and manage the impact of new technology on how people operate, engage and feel about their work.
Get your story straight
It’s important to communicate a clear, compelling and honest story about how changes will affect the workforce, the potential benefits and how the organisation is planning for the future. This includes addressing anxiety about change, which can often erode the confidence, adaptability and willingness to innovate that are so vital in today’s economy.