Letter from Pieter Haen, EAPM President

One-Third of Companies Troubled by Low Employee Engagement in Key Spots, our new Global Survey Finds

Dear members,

Paris, 12 July 2010

With great proud I do present to you a new White Paper “Creating a New Deal for Middle Managers” —Empowering a Neglected but Critical Group.

This joint BCG-WFPMA/EAPM publication reveals a global engagement problem that, as the title suggests, is most severe among middle managers, who oversee the majority of employees at most companies. The publication is based on a survey of senior HR and other executives from more than 100 countries and an analysis of BCG’s Engaging for Results database with responses from nearly one million employees…

Opening remarks to EAPM delegates and Peryön members, Istanbul, 3 June 2010
by Pieter Haen, EAPM President

When we are talking about what’s next for HR it is important to look on a global level to what the Strategy is of our society, our governments and our companies. Based on these elements we can create, develop and implement our HR strategy.

Let us start with what is the EU strategy and what are its goals for the coming decade in Europe.
On 3rd March 2010, the European Commission has launched the Europe 2020 Strategy to go out of the crisis and prepare EU economy for the next decade. The Europe 2020 Strategy sets out a vision for Europe’s social market economy over the next decade, and rests on three interlocking and mutually reinforcing priority areas:

• Smart growth, developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation, education and digital society;
• Sustainable growth, promoting a low-carbon, resource-efficient and competitive economy; and
• Inclusive growth, fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion, raising participation in the labour market, the acquisition of skills and the fight against poverty. […]

‘Creating People Advantage 2010. How companies can adapt their HR practices for volatile times’.

Read the full report by The Boston Consulting Group and the World Federation of People Management Associations


The Future of Work and the Changing Workplace:
Challenges and Issues for Australian HR Practitioners

After nearly three years of research, this Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) white paper reviews and assesses the major trends and issues likely to influence people at work by the year 2020, together with expected impacts on workplace structure, performance and professional leadership.

The paper draws on scenarios, analyses and reviews by other leading domestic agencies such as the Business Council of Australia, and global organisations such as Rand, MIT, The World Economic Forum and Price Waterhouse Coopers. In no sense does the study try to replicate or compete with research undertaken by those bodies. The approach in the paper has been to use the best-of-breed thinking from within those organisations to draw comparisons and conclusions from across their findings, to calibrate them against AHRI’s own research of workplace trends and the HR profession, as well as from global best practice standards in people management.

Our overarching objective for the people practitioners at work is to distill these major pieces of research, thought leadership and other influencers of future change in the workplace into a compendium that describes the nature, shape and dimension of HR practice itself by 2020, in order that the HR profession can maintain its relevance and leadership in guiding sensible, fair and productive workplaces for the people employed within them.