Roundtable on Digital Strategies

The Changing Workplace, Talent Wars and the Millennial Perspective

June 20, 2017 • San Francisco, CA • Hosted by Levi Strauss

The nature of work and the employer-employee relationship is changing, and with it the nature of what it takes to be a successful leader and attractor/retainer of talent.  Globalization, outsourcing, and technology started us down the path of change in the workplace. The cost of real estate and energy, baby-boomer retirements, and new generations of connected employees are further transforming the character of work and making the nature of the employer-employee relationship more temporal. Both white and blue-collar jobs may well be lost to technology (robotics, machine-learning, AI).The gig economy is an increasing reality. Approaches to collaboration have changed, with information more pervasive and shared, yet simultaneously driving a sense of individual work profiles and portfolios and perhaps a different view of the structure of business, society and work.

Millennials have a different approach to brands and products, and to where they get their recommendations from. They seem to also have a different view of corporations and the role of work in their lives, of performance and reward, of career, and big expectations of technology, collaboration and connection. The uncertainty of the business environment has compounded these trends, increasing the need for speed, agility and flexibility.

We will discuss these trends and best practices/challenges in attracting/recruiting talent, retaining (the right) employees, integrating work styles, developing people, and nurturing the type of environment (and space) that can succeed now and into the future. Some of the questions we will seek to address are:

  • How are the employer-employee contract and the employee lifecycle changing? What is the impact of this on your corporation and talent strategy?
  • How are your human resource needs changing? Are you able to get the talent and skills you need? Where are there issues?
  • What are the key issues in talent management and leadership development you face today?
  • How do you decide what your employer brand is and how are you promoting it?
  • What are you looking for in new employees? Are there certain characteristics you look for in today’s fast-changing environment?
  • What are the key changes you’ve made to recruiting? What’s the balance between addressing talent needs from within, hiring from outside, or engaging people temporarily? What determines which approach you use for what? What are the key components to successfully executing these approaches?
  • Is career management now entirely in the hands of employees? How are you engaging with them on this? Are you thinking more flexibly on development and recognition? If so, how?
  • How are social networking and the emergence of social technologies changing the workplace? What are the pitfalls and opportunities?
  • How do you address issues of work/life boundaries today and moving forward? How do you address working remotely and 24/7 connectedness?
  • Are the work expectations of employees changing? How do millennials define development, growth and career? What values and brand are they seeking are they seeking in an employer?
  • How have your views on employee training changed? What do they need to be well-positioned to support the business moving forward?
  • What are the keys to managing a truly global workforce? How do you get the right people at the right place at the right time? How do you find really good “general managers” that can effectively manage people in a global environment?

Roundtable Overview

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