II Report on HR Role and Challenges in Talent Management

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The Adecco Group Institute, the research and dissemination center of the Adecco Group, in collaboration with the San Pablo Andalucía CEU Foundation, presented last year the second report on the Role of Human Resources and Challenges in Talent Management, aimed at fostering reflection on the challenges related to people that affect both organizations and the HR function itself looking towards 2023. To this end, they surveyed more than 40,000 professionals from companies representative of the Spanish business sector, between December 14, 2022, and January 15, 2023.

In recent years, there have been significant changes in talent management and attraction, and 2023 will bring new challenges for Human Resources departments and, therefore, for Spanish companies.

Expert Opinion

According to Javier Blasco, director of The Adecco Group Institute: “One of the concerns of People departments is the increasing scarcity of talent. Gender equality is once again the main focus of action in meeting the SDGs, now that we celebrate Equality Day, but it should not overshadow other diversity and inclusion goals, such as those related to age, different abilities, or culture, to name three examples. It seems that the relaxation of immigration regulations will not allow us to attract all the necessary talent from beyond our borders. Nor does it seem that we have a problem with mass resignations, at least not similar to what occurred in the USA, but it does appear that the reevaluation of priorities and purposes, and the demands for flexibility and work-life balance, are behind most of the reasons for turnover in our country.”

“The social purpose of organizations seems to be one of the keys in attracting and retaining talent. People are concerned about this variable to improve their emotional connection, as well as transparency, loyalty, predictability, and the leadership and management style of managers, within that sometimes confusing mix we call emotional salary, which should improve people’s motivation and involvement. On how to manage salaries in times of inflation, we will continue to discuss throughout 2023. It’s obvious that if the regulations offer few solutions (in-kind salary, pension plans), People departments will have to perform real balancing acts to discover new niches for improving employee experience and company brand,” Blasco highlights.

Synthesis of the II Report on the Role of Human Resources and Challenges in Talent Management

First question posed to the People department heads of the participating companies in the survey is what are the main challenges they face for 2023. Once again, the most highlighted challenge is “attracting new talent to ensure the organization’s growth in times of economic recovery” (76% of the companies rate it between 7 and 10, with 10 being the highest score, and 44% between 9 and 10; +0 p.p. year-on-year). The second most noted challenge is “defining models of productivity and human capital efficiency for a more sustainable organization,” with 71% rating it between 7 and 10 (-6 p.p. year-on-year), and 25% between 9 and 10 (-6 p.p. year-on-year). They are followed, in order of importance, by “finding compensation formulas (tax benefits, emotional compensation, etc.) that mitigate the inability to align salaries with inflation” (68% of companies rate it between 7 and 10), “advancing in flexibility models (time and place of work, organization, agile environments, etc.)” with 68%, “training people in soft skills” with 67%, “advancing in diversity and inclusion policies, with the goal of maximizing talent utilization, innovation, and people’s commitment” with 64%, and “managing the psycho-emotional health of people” with 63% (this aspect has grown 9 p.p. from last year). It is noteworthy that the least valued options are “aligning salaries with inflation” with 62% rating it in the lower end of the scale, “managing people turnover” with 61%, “continuing to adapt the organization to the new requirements of the labor reform” with 60%, and “training people in digital competencies” with 56% (this challenge has lost -12 p.p. year-on-year).

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