PageUp People book on key human capital challenges in SEA

  • Outlines global and regional best practices via 100+ interviews with 50 organisations
  • Practises include increased use of gamified learning, mobile task management, etc.

PageUp People book on key human capital challenges in SEATALENT management solutions provider PageUp People has launched Talented Southeast Asia, a new book that it said addresses key challenges and the future outlook for employers in South-East Asia.
The findings come from over 100 interviews conducted over a 12-month period with business and human resource (HR) leaders, the company said in a statement.
Over 50 companies including Bosch, BHPBilliton, Deloitte, Dentsu Aegis Networks, DHL, MasterCard, Olam International, Pandora and Smiggle, participated in the interview process, across six countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Participating firms are global corporations with a significant presence in two or more of these six Asean countries, PageUp People said.
“South-East Asia is a unique region with distinct characteristics, and each market is different in the way these multinationals manage, motivate and engage their talent,” said Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith, PageUp People senior vice president of Global Research and co-author of the book.
“It has been a remarkable journey over the last 12 months, and we are thankful to our contributors for sharing their rich experience so openly and unreservedly with us,” she added.
Vorhauser-Smith said that by 2050, Asia will house 52% of the global workforce.
“The core purpose of Talented Southeast Asia is to provide ideas to large organisations that will further accelerate their goal of achieving business success through talent management excellence,” she said.
Through in-depth conversations with contributors, Talented Southeast Asia identifies the top 10 priorities in talent management. The need to attract, develop and retain organisational talent accounts for 75% of these top priorities for business and HR leaders in South-East Asia.
Other priorities include leadership, succession planning and business transformation, PageUp People said in its statement.
In addition, five regional themes that emerged, and are extensively covered are as follows:

1) Balancing global consistency with regional autonomy – 63% of contributors felt having regional autonomy for talent management decisions and processes was critical
2) Embracing the complexities of the region – HR executives need to understand the unique labour market nuances of each country, adding to the complexity of their roles
3) Respecting eastern values and cultures – 89% felt the ability to understand and work within the local culture was key
4) Leaders need ‘agile heads, hearts and hands’ – the complexities of South-East Asia demand business leaders with a distinct set of leadership capabilities
5) Changing mindsets change the workforce – the mindset of the South-East Asian digital natives are already evolving away from traditional ways of working

In order to address this young and highly connected workforce, Talented Southeast Asia also reveals changing practises being adopted in talent attraction, engagement and retention, PageUp People said.
PageUp People book on key human capital challenges in SEAFresh practises outlined in the book include the increased use of innovative models such as learning management systems powered by social networks, gamified learning, mobile interfaces for task management, and real-time performance evaluation and feedback.
“South-East Asia has a youthful population, ranging on average between 23 and 35 years,” said PageUp People chief executive officer Karen Cariss (pic), also co-author of the book.
“This is the new generation of always-on employees and HR executives are transforming their systems to keep up with this trend. Technology innovation plays a critical role in this transformation, and billions of dollars are being invested to this end globally,” she added.
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