Looking back, we took a moment to think what were the characteristic elements we remember from those not so distant times. The first thought were the Blackberry phones. A great part of the attendees of the first conference used those very devices, but I suspect we would be hard pressed to find one this year in Łódź. This example visualizes in a way not only how fast and radically the reality around us changes, but also how we deal with the changes and comment on the world around us. Some sort of a common denominator for most musings in this area is the answer to the question – what will the future bring? What challenges will we be faced with? What trends, defined today, will turn out to be true tomorrow?
Let me give you an example. According to the newest Global Economy Forum, in the perspective of the year 2020 nearly 1/3 of the competences regarded as low priority today will be seen as key and necessary. Taking into account the perspective so close, many employers, and especially the HR departments, lie awake at night because of this one trend alone. Of course, we are talking about foresights, and many entrepreneurs can deem the problem as trivial or push it back in time, but if we take a look at other sectors and their susceptibility to competitive destabilisation, we can easily see that areas such as Financial Services of Information and Communication Technology will face a very crucial change in the competence and work models. Recently, IBM gave an interesting signal when it contacted its remote employees and told them to prepare to come back to the offices. I wonder how many of us are going in the complete opposite direction with our solutions now.
Another trend that leads and develops in new ways all the time is digitalisation. The word itself has slipped its definition a while back and is inflected into all shapes and forms at every occasion. One of the most interesting takes on using new digital technologies is the human context, and the joint question on the new role of machines in human life. According to the global research conducted by Randstad, 48% of CEOs think robotics and automation positively impact the development of the enterprise. At the same time, 81% of them is convinced that the existing limitations in the access to competences will have a negative impact on their business in the upcoming years.
Perhaps I won’t find the answers to all of the aforementioned questions, but I’m sure those three days in the middle of June will have many opportunities to, on one hand, get to know the opinions and points of view of many speakers, and on the other hand, have many valuable and inspiring meetings with delegates.
See you there!
Randstad Professionals Operations Director