FEB 2016

CONTENTS

TALKING POINTS

Great piece about #teaching and the skills gap from #WEF16 in @Forbes by @lyndagratton. Check it out http://bit.ly/1JHWjak

- Grace Cramer - Feb 4
@ElegantEconomis

Five forces that will shape the #futureofwork. @LBS @LyndaGratton http://ow.ly/Y4uq0

Mark Storm - Feb 8
@marksstorm

Wonderful, thought provoking week spent with @lyndagratton @LBS learning about businesses and careers of the future. #100yearlife

- Diane Lillis - Feb 20
@dianemlillis

ARTICLES

NEW FOW THEMES

We have just announced two new FoW themes: Recruitment and Learning and Shifting Identities. Both themes address the changes that have taken place in the world of work in recent years, and we expect much more change over the coming years – so organisations will need to future-proof their recruitment, learning and diversity approaches.

Our recruitment theme will take a look at how employers can adapt their recruitment processes to the talent landscape, not only to ensure that they hire the best talent, but that they continue helping them to develop relevant skills. More

DOES A GREAT CANDIDATE NEED A DEGREE?

We’ve been doing a lot of research around the topic of recruitment, and unsurprisingly, it brought us to the debate around whether employers should demand a degree from candidates – or if it is time to set other criteria to secure the brightest talent.

It’s a thought-provoking idea. Most employers have long held onto the degree as a primary indicator of potential for success. As a result, degrees and their associated institutional brands and classifications have become a way of identifying able candidates and as such have become widely accepted as the basic badge of achievement required to secure a good role. More

WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK – ROBERT POTTER

February’s friend of the month is Robert Potter, Master of the new Guild of Human Resource Professionals. Robert has over 20 years’ experience working in HR and has worked in the investment banking and insurance sectors as well as serving on industry advisory boards.

He set up the HR Guild in 2014 to promote and advocate the HR profession and provide support for those working or hoping to work in HR. He has done an excellent job of both getting the guild off the ground and acting as its inaugural Master. Hot Spots COO, Tina, is a member of the guild, and we’re very pleased to have Robert in our network.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE EMPLOYEE VOICE

Our Head of Digital Engagement, Harriet Molyneaux, was a panelist in the recent ACAS and IPA webinar entitled 'Going Digital – Harnessing Social Media for Employee Voice'. The webinar explored the early findings of research by IPA and ACAS on how employers are making use of social media, the advantages of challenges it presents, and what represents good practice. It provided a great opportunity to work through ideas with people from different vantage points on the concept – and we were delighted to know that a few of our Future of Work Research Consortium members tuned in to listen.

Wish you’d caught the webinar? Fortunately, the lovely people at IPA have shared the recording with us. You can access it via YouTube.

3 REASONS OUR WORKING CULTURE IS OUT OF DATE

Lynda contributed a thought-provoking piece to the World Economic Forum’s blog recently, examining the three factors that are holding many organisations back from fully embracing the future of work.

The article highlights the fact that while many organisations are excited about how futuristic workspaces, innovative uses of data and new types of skills will shape the way we work in years to come, few think about the outdated beliefs and practices that are holding them back. We think it provides some great food for thought for anyone interested in the future of work.

HOT SPOTS UPDATES…

Lynda Gratton Among the World’s Smartest
Business Gurus

CIPD Middle East has named Lynda as one of the thinkers most relevant for HR practitioners in the Middle East – and we’re sure our FoW members from the region would agree. The full listing is available on the CIPD website.

FoW Goes International
The past few years have seen the FoW team take to the road (well, the skies) to deliver Masterclasses around the globe. In 2016, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be visiting our members in Australia on the 2nd August, and we also have an event scheduled in Japan on the 25th October. If your organisation isn’t yet a member, fear not – there’s still time to join and attend these events.

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