ManpowerGroup: Holding of talent at work is a major challenge for companies in the future

Holding of talent at work is a major challenge for companies in the future, according to a ManpowerGroup survey results for 2016 entitled “Personal skills for the emergence of talent at work.”

The research, conducted at an international level with the participation of 3,791 companies operating in 8 European countries, focuses on the impact of personal qualities in the ever-evolving work environment while recognizing the

distinct abilities that characterize each generation (Baby Boomers, Generation X & Millennials ).
Moreover, it identifies future challenges for corporate talent development practices as to the characteristics and approaches that are associated with it. Additionally, it examines the level of knowledge of European businesses in relation to the importance of continuously evolving capabilities which are structural for their future growth.

The main conclusions of the survey are:

– Key competences recognized both by medium enterprises and by smaller enterprises, while recognition is not limited only by the human resources department.

– The ideal profile varies and is now based on combining skills such as pragmatism, flexibility and team spirit. Problem solving, commitment to a goal and cooperation are skills most linked to talent.

– Personal skills play an important and timeless role in all generations. The “digital skills” is inextricably linked with the generation of Millennials. The emphasis on the development of ‘digital skills’ will greatly enhance the competitive advantage of enterprise for innovation.

– Regardless of the recognition of the competence competitive blend onto which the talent is evaluated, the holding and strengthening of talent is a major challenge for the future.

– The “liquidity” -the adaptability and evolution in a changing work environment is the most important success factor for talents.

The research highlights the personal skill that a talent must profess. This kit confirms the heterogeneity of an ideal profile that combines skills such pragmatism, flexibility in the working group and cooperation.

Thus, solving the problem (69%), adherence to the target (58%) and cooperation (57%) are the three most desirable personal skills for the talent required by the companies. Countries such as Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary put the “problem solving” in the first place.

More than 50% of respondents claim that there are personal skills that correlate exclusively with a particular generation.