5 ways the new war for talent will change the workplace forever

There is a new war for talent. Even while many are still out of a job, workers with in-demand skills like programming and web design can work wherever they want and command a huge salary.

Companies are literally fighting a war every day to keep this talent in their organisation – and to steal more skilled workers from the competition. If you think this is blowing things out of proportion, consider this: a recruiting firm sent 150 baskets of cookies to employees at social-game-creator Zynga to let them know they want to chat about opportunities at other companies. They didn’t send those baskets to their homes; they sent them to the Zynga office. Talk about brazen!

As the economy continues to recover, as Baby Boomers continue to retire, and as the gap between the skills companies need and the skills most people have continue to grow, this war for talent will only intensify. The companies who see this coming and are prepared to do what it takes to hire and retain the right people will survive and even thrive in this new war for talent. The companies who play the wait-and-see game will be in big trouble.

This new war for talent will lead to major changes in the workplace. Here are five predictions for how it will change things forever.

1 Companies will begin teaching practical skills to employees, job candidates and anyone else who wants to learn

As companies recognise the need to train talent, develop skills and retain employees, talent management and training and development will become even more critical for successful organisations. Companies will become increasingly focused on developing their internal talent through professional education and non-stop feedback.

However, as the skills gap continues to widen, this will actually go a step further, and employers will begin teaching and offering practical skills-based education to anyone who wants to learn. Whether it’s a job applicant or someone who just wants to grow professionally, everyone is a potential employee, so it makes sense from an employer branding and a recruiting perspective that companies offer this type of training to any interested party. A great example of how this is playing out right now is Living Social’s Hungry Academy.

2 The higher education institutions approach to learning will change

The most forward-thinking institutions will re-invent their learning eco-system. Everywhere you look, you see new startups claiming to reinvent education, and this will spur traditional institutions to stay relevant and do a much better job of preparing students for the workplace, and investing serious time and resources into improving their career centers. The question is: how fast will things change, and what exactly will this future look like?

3 The new “talent” will be life-long learners

The “war for talent” used to mean finding the most educated and most experienced people to work for you. But the new war for talent is a war for skills, a war for bright people who are constantly curious.

by Ryan Healy.

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