Giancarlo Davila, Global HCM Strategic Advisor of HR Line of Business at SAP, discussed the future of the global workforce during a Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by SuccessFactors, an SAP company, at the 2014 Human Capital Leadership Forum in Dallas on Nov. 20. In his presentation, Davila pointed out that getting the best talent is a major challenge for today’s organizations and is likely to remain an ongoing hurdle for many organizations.
According to Davila, “millennial misunderstanding” is a major problem for many organizations. Davila noted organizations must find ways to bridge the gap between millennials and business leaders, especially as more millennials enter the global workforce. In addition, Davila said organizations that start developing and launching recruitment programs now could find new ways to connect with millennials over the next few years: “It is easier for me to know my neighbor’s background, neighbor’s network, where he or she has worked in the past, what are her desires, what languages does she speak, where she has been in the last week and how she likes her coffee in the morning. When it comes to employees, it’s so hard to even understand that.”
Davila also said the future workforce will be flexible, especially as more organizations begin to rely heavily on a “contingent workforce.” Understanding how to leverage talent is vital for organizations, Davila noted, and this can help an organization find high-quality talent consistently: “It’s very important for you to understand that when you go to different markets, you’re going to be competing with talent, with local companies, very profitable, very engaging companies that know their demographics. … If you would like to grow, you also need to find those leaders that are willing and capable of leading a diverse workforce and willing to move and relocate to other regions.”