According to the "Employment Plans During Uncertainty" report prepared by ManpowerGroup, companies that want to preserve their competitive power during political and economic uncertainties need to improve their workforce and ne prepared for unexpected changes and transformations. However, the situation is different in Turkey on the employees' side. According to Poltio's survey of 6,000 respondents, 68 percent of employees are not afraid of losing their jobs due to the next generation and future developments, while 55 percent do not need to do anything to improve themselves by relying on their experience.
Macroeconomic forces (changing population balances, the rise of individualism, more sophisticated customers, technological revolution, political turmoils) and their consequences, which ManpowerGroup defined about 10 years ago, as well as the rise of robots, globalization, mass migration, unexpected political changes and geopolitical uncertainties, started to be as effective as was predicted. As long as the influence of these forces remain intact and political changes continue, the only thing the institutions can be confident about in the future is "uncertainty."
It is imperative to keep up with change
While the rapid transformation of technology has also changed the current and required skills in the business world, this change has reached its highest pace ever in the age of digital transformation. In order to keep up with the transformation, companies need to come up with a plan to develop their existing workforce and adapt it to their current needs because companies can make their business strategies ready for uncertainty even if they cannot predict future geopolitical changes.
Employees ignore changes
According to the ManpowerGroup's report, in order for businesses to make a strong workforce to fight against uncertainties, their employees need to be open to acquiring new skills and receiving training. In the wake of changing conditions, employers are trying to keep up with the times by training and developing their employees. However, according to the results of a survey conducted by Poltio 68 percent of employees are not afraid of losing their jobs due to the next generation and future developments, while 55 percent do not need to do anything to improve themselves by relying on their experience. Thirty-two percent of those who are afraid of losing their jobs for the aforementioned reasons are trying to preserve their value by receiving training (22 percent), working harder (16 percent) and learning a foreign language (7 percent). For this reason, in addition to shaping their HR strategies and organizational training plans, companies also need to encourage their employees of the "need to improve themselves."
Manpower Turkey General Manager Reha Hatipoğlu said even if the upcoming economic picture is positive, technology continues to change everything rapidly, and unexpected political developments can override long-term plans. He said while every country in different parts of the world have undergone unique geopolitical developments (such as the Brexit referendum in the U.K., the U.S. elections and the presidential referendum in Turkey), the problems experienced by employers as a result of these developments resemble each other. Hatipoğlu said the employment plans of companies are based on what is known rather than unknown, and these plans can work for a certain period of time.
"However, if even a variable within the scope of the plan differs, employment plans may need to change completely overnight. For this reason, companies now need to prefer plans that can show flexibility against these unexpected changes while making their workforce plans. This is the only way to create a strong and robust workforce unaffected by future, unexpected changes," Hatipoğlu said.