Predictions for 2015

Dear Readers…First we want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015. This is an exciting time as we look forward to a robust year. Hopefully your greatest challenge will be to manage your growth as your organization moves towards the attainment of your goals and objectives. I recently received and read an outstanding report entitled, Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for a Rapidly Changing World, by Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte. This is one of those must read documents for the New Year. If you want a copy, contact me at and I will send it to you. I hope you enjoy my thoughts about the coming year.

Josh Bersin has become one of my new heroes for 2015. His insight and the research to back it up are astonishing and should be carefully considered by all organizational leaders, large and small alike. He identifies ten key trends for 2015:

  1. Engagement, retention, culture and inclusion have become front burner issues.
  2. The redesign of performance management will likely continue.
  3. Time to address the OVERWHELMED employee; how do we redesign and simplify the workplace (we are hard at work on this issue at HPIS as we speak!). I plan to talk more about this issue in upcoming power ideas!
  4. Skills are now currency; corporate learning takes on increasing importance.
  5. Invest, refocus and redesign talent acquisition – leveraging network recruiting, brand reach and new technologies.
  6. Talent mobility, career management and the leadership pipeline become a top priority.
  7. Accelerate and globalize the leadership pipeline.
  8. Take the plunge and invest in talent analytics and workforce planning – this area is now an imperative for competitive advantage.
  9. Revisit your HR technology plan, reduce core vendors and look for innovative new solutions that drive high levels of value.
  10. Review and redesign the roles and structure or your HR team or function and invest in HR professional development.

THINK BOLD…You do not want to miss the opportunity to be in the forefront of these issues as they are imperatives to future growth and success.

It is very important to understand that 2015 will be a year of great change as the economic recovery gains steam. This will be an exciting but very challenging year of managing growth for today and in the future. Changing demographics and rapid changes in technology, coupled with a brain drain due to the boomer generation retiring in record numbers, which will redefine the entire nature of work. Many people talk about the new work world, when truly we must grapple with the changing life world. A world in which work, home, family and personal lives are interconnected in a very real way. This is especially true as we embrace the growing work population called Millennials. This population is very focused on quality of life vs. everything for the company mentality and need to be managed in very different ways.

Join us next week when we focus on the OVERWHELMED EMPLOYEE ISSUE.

To Your Success!
Jerry Houston