Growing diversity of workforce biggest challenge facing your clients today

New trends and technologies are emerging in the workplace all the time, but 91% of business consultants questioned in a recent survey by BrightHR said simply understanding what they are will help them and their clients cope with the big changes happening in the workplace.

The BrightHR survey of 100 business consultants revealed that 87% of consultants believe it would be of value to their clients for them to recommend HR solutions for their business, but only 6% currently do so.

When asked what HR-based workplace trends would give the most cause for concern for their clients, consultants said the top four were:

  1. Diverse workforce and the challenge to adapt to less homogeneity in skills, motivations and contracts – 52%
  2. Performance management and the organisational processes in place to monitor this-  48%
  3. Technology- the rapid change of pace and uptake of new technologies – 30 %
  4. Disappearing middle skills roles in the workplace, as more and more roles are automated – 29%

When asked if the world of work will change to such an extent that their clients’ or future clients’ HR capabilities and systems will be insufficient or outdated five years from now, a staggering 83% said they would be.

In the survey only 11% of consultants said the increased burden of compliance and balancing competing strategic and admin demands of HR was a major area for concern among their clients, but 74% admitted it was a heavier burden for them than it was five years ago.

In response to the survey findings, BrightHR has worked with world leading experts to A Future That Works – that reveals what the future of work will look like and how technology will impact emerging trends.

Professor of management practice at London Business School Lynda Gratton and her research and consulting team, The Hot Spots Movement, cited five emerging workplace trends in the report.  Futurologist and Chief Executive of strategic futures and research organisation, Global Futures and Foresight, David Smith, then gives his thoughts on how technology can make an impact on these.

Paul Tooth, Co-Founder & CEO from BrightHR said: “We believe that to grow and prosper, businesses large and small must embrace new trends, strategies and technologies.  We’ve therefore produced a report to help our bright partners, such as business and management consultants, understand the challenges of the future and arm them with insights so they can benefit from the disruption and capitalise on the opportunities ahead for them and their clients.”

BrightHR has joined the MCA Associate Member Scheme, and offers a partner programme to help business and management consultants build better relationships with their clients. The programme is free to join and provides consultants with a free subscription to BrightHR and access, via an online portal, to a range of comprehensive learning resources, training materials and engaging content that they can share with clients, including the ‘A Future that Works’ report.

To know more about the bright partner programme, sign up to the MCA and BrightHR webinar.

When? Thursday 26th May @ 1pm
How to sign up? Simply click here.