How Digital Transformation Is Shifting Talent And Hiring

Daniel Newman

How-Digital-Transformation-is-Shifting-Talent-and-HiringThe digital age is constantly evolving, and mobile platforms have opened up new ways for us to connect, from anywhere at any time. Mobile platforms are driving new levels of accessibility, allowing more and more people to tailor their work schedules to their liking. This has made us more attached to our devices—with information and our social circles constantly at our fingertips—but this has also made it harder for some people to detach from their work. I’ve already discussed how augmented reality will change how we work; add to that IoT and VR, and we are headed toward a brave new world.

We are heading toward an always-on, always-connected digital world; in fact, if we’re not careful, the line between life and work might move beyond blurred and straight into the nonexistent. While this can be both a good and bad thing (being “always-on” can add a lot of extra stress), one area where the digital transformation is definitely a good impact, and a huge one,  is in corporate hiring practices.

Rise of the generalist

Business rapidly changes course with the advents of new technology. Virtually every type of industry worldwide has transformed their business practices in the face of new breakthroughs in connectivity and how people work. Hiring practices have changed drastically as well, and a new type of talent is in high demand. I like to call them generalists.

While generalists may have had traditionally accepted roles in the workplace, there has been a huge shift in terms of what traits are desirable in the modern hiring process. Agile, adaptable, and quick-learning employees are crucial for businesses that want to adapt at the pace of the rest of the business world.

A good generalist will familiarize quickly with new tech and business models, while knowing where to find the best information available today. Sifting through the mind-boggling amount of available information today may seem like an impossible task for the person who doesn’t know where to look, and that’s where generalists come in. Human resource professionals want talent who know where to find what they need to adapt at the breakneck pace of change.

Embracing change in hiring practices

The white collar landscape is shifting rapidly with each new innovation in tech, and human resource professionals are changing up their tactics in terms of finding—and retaining—the best available talent. Some of the sweeping new concepts taking root in human resources include:

  • Shifts toward contemporary business cultures. Digital talent is looking for fast-paced, rewarding work, and the flexibility to do it. The slightly old-fashioned concept of a full-time job with long-term security and big benefits packages are waning in popularity (and availability!). The independent contractors of today are looking for fun, agile work that gives them a sense of purpose.
  • Expanding the scope of accepted business practices. Flexible schedules, work-from-home options—the traditional departmental approach to managing a company is falling by the wayside. Provide the tools for collaboration across all departments, and all types of talent will flourish.
  • Maximizing the potential of new tech with the concepts they drive. Mobile connectivity has created several new concepts that are vital to businesses keeping pace with the shifting demands of the business world. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies add fluidity and agility to any workplace, and mobile devices will continue to shape how we do business.
  • Reinforcing skills with intelligent behaviors. Embracing new trends of the digital age will only reach their full effectiveness when a collaborative culture is established. Cross-functional learning and creating spaces for motivated talent to make empowered decisions are vital to embracing new business concepts in the digital age.
  • Leading through inspiration. Talent retention is easier for HR when they can inspire change. Collect feedback in engaging, personal ways, and encourage avenues for digital work to attract the best talent to your organization and keep them there—because they want to be there.

Mobility continues to drive the importance of connectivity and collaboration in the business world. Human resource professionals today need to fully appreciate the value of generalists who can shift gears as fast as technology. They must engage and adapt to the demands of an ever-changing business culture to successfully harness the talent of a new breed of workforce.

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About Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of EC3, a quickly growing hosted IT and Communication service provider. Prior to this role Daniel has held several prominent leadership roles including serving as CEO of United Visual. Parent company to United Visual Systems, United Visual Productions, and United GlobalComm; a family of companies focused on Visual Communications and Audio Visual Technologies. Daniel is also widely published and active in the Social Media Community. He is the Author of Amazon Best Selling Business Book "The Millennial CEO." Daniel also Co-Founded the Global online Community 12 Most and was recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the 100 Business and Leadership Accounts to Follow on Twitter. Newman is an Adjunct Professor of Management at North Central College. He attained his undergraduate degree in Marketing at Northern Illinois University and an Executive MBA from North Central College in Naperville, IL. Newman currently resides in Aurora, Illinois with his wife (Lisa) and his two daughters (Hailey 9, Avery 5). A Chicago native all of his life, Newman is an avid golfer, a fitness fan, and a classically trained pianist