A new era

The past year was a societal mindset adjustment, as the world had to adjust to the fact that there would be no economic reset to return to “normal.” The recognition of the need for fundamental and structural transformation is settling in as economic reality. The inescapable pressure to do more with less has reawakened the eyes, minds and hearts of employers to the very real power of humans.

History shows that humans have always been the driving force behind endeavor and enterprise, and ingenuity and imagination. Despite consensus that society is laced with cynicism in the face of unprecedented tension, the human spirit is alive and well. Humans are rising to the challenge to take their rightful place at center stage, as the world’s only source of inspiration and innovation.

Understanding how to unleash this spirit, passion and potential is not a one-size-fits-all approach and will require employers to engage with their people on a human level. Deciphering this code will become the ultimate quest that business and society will now seek to conquer, as the world enters the Human Age.

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Richard Floersch, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, McDonalds explains that it is increasingly important to give employees what they want—a community, a future and the means to develop themselves. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
David Westerland, Executive VP of Administration, Corporate Secretary, Ball Corporation, on technology, transparency and communication and the impact on employee engagement. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Libby Sartain, Independent Advisor/Consultant, speaker, author, blogger and Former Chief Human Resources Officer for Yahoo and Southwest Airlines, explains that employer brands and employee brands both play into the recruitment process, but employees are gaining more and more power. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Nancy Reardon, SVP Human Resources and Communications Office and Jackie Scanlan, VP Global Talent Management and Organization Effectiveness, Campbell’s Soup, discuss why collaboration is increasingly important to younger generations. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Jim Sweet, Senior Human Resources Officer, Newell Rubbermaid, explains that the commitment of employees is still important, and inspiring that passion depends on companies keeping their promises. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
J. Frank Brown, Dean of INSEAD, explains that employees and leadership teams need to have an active, healthy ongoing dialog. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Jim Quigley, CEO, Deloitte, on why businesses must ensure that employees connect to the mission of the company and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Confederation of Trade Unions, discusses how the lack of opportunities and training for youth means both employers and young people are missing out. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Tristan Wilkinson, Director of Public Sector, EMEA, Intel, asks how do businesses that grew up with one set of values adapt to the new generations and their different values? You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Sir David Bell, former Chairman of the Financial Times and Director of Pearsons Group, explains that retaining talent means shifting from people working for a company to working with a company and moving away from the old “command and control” methods. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Ian Cheshire, CEO, Kingfisher, explains that a lack of technical skills isn’t always the issue—missing soft skills are just as big a barrier. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
David Arkless, President of Corporate and Government Affairs, Manpower, discusses how employees now want a company willing to invest in them and help them build their future, even before employment. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »