Five Point Checklist for Developing Successful Workforce Strategies

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Become a Learning Organization

Businesses are fast becoming learning organizations where every employee is both a teacher and a lifelong learner, empowered to positively impact business and society at-large.

Learning that is just-in-time, role-relevant, self-paced, mobile-accessible and linked to business outcomes is essential for the future of work. Development channels such as peer-to-peer mentoring also provide opportunities to learn and retool skill sets. These relationships play a critical role in tomorrow's workforce, mostly in the form of situational, short-term mentoring, but also as part of formal mentoring programs. Reciprocal mentoring and bottom-up mentoring where junior employees share what they know with more senior co-workers is also a practice on the rise.

The nature of work is drastically changing. The rapid pace of technological advancements, shifting demographic patterns, the switch to knowledge-based economies, and increasing pressures for innovation are all driving this transformation and defining the future of work. Business leaders are also mindful that what made them successful in the past will not necessarily make them successful in the future.

In order to be successful and stay competitive, companies must prepare for what the workforce will look like in 2020 and beyond. To understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the changing nature of work, last year Oxford Economics and SAP surveyed over 2,700 executives and more than 2,700 employees in 27 countries. The results show that many companies lack the structure, strategy, culture, solutions and resources to manage employees effectively. To succeed, they must address the role and relevance of people strategy, changing demographics and evolving definitions of work, leadership ability and cultivation, employee wants and needs, and talent development.

In this slideshow, Jewell Parkinson, head of Human Resources for SAP North America, shares a five-point checklist that executives can use to develop winning workforce strategies in this new era of work.


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