Tag Archives: APAC

Cutting-Edge Change

How new technologies are revolutionising HR in an Asian icon.

By Michael Switow

Shirley Fong is the vice president of human resources at Li & Fung, a trading company that started from very humble beginnings exporting Chinese porcelain and silk and which now operates one of the most world’s extensive supply chains. The company employs some 17,000 people in more than 230 offices across 40 markets.

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Will Unemployment Rates Continue to Fall?

Global Unemployment Report

Organizations are faced with a precarious worldwide economic environment and tight labor market in the first quarter of 2019.

By Larry Basinait

Coming off a strong year in 2018 where unemployment continued to fall in many countries, global growth in the first quarter of 2019 declined. The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth to 3.3 percent this year, the lowest since the financial crisis of 2009. A range of threats are menacing the global economy, including the possible collapse of negotiations between the U.S. and China to end their trade war and the departure of Britain from the European Union without a transition agreement.

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Increasing Equality

Gender Equality

Progress may be slow, but organisations are finding success with programmes that promote gender inclusion.

By Michael Switow

When Aliza Knox, a tech industry veteran with a track record of growing global brands in Asia-Pacific, applied for a job with the content delivery network Cloudflare, she did her homework. She went to the company’s website and came across a day-long forum it had sponsored. What struck her was that almost every discussion had at least one woman on the panel. There was even a session with two female professionals and no men—a rarity in an industry that is 80 per cent male.

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Critical Considerations

India Economy

Four factors impacting talent and hiring in the world’s fastest-growing economy.

By Michael Switow

Confused about the state of the India’s economy? The planet’s largest democracy is the fastest-growing major economy, with 2019-2020 fiscal year GDP growth expected to clock in between 6.8 and 7.3 per cent. But growth is starting to slow with government deficits rising and unemployment reportedly running at 6.1 per cent, a 45-year high (although Delhi has disavowed the statistic).

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Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurial Talent

Fostering innovation and growth comes down to one thing: culture.

By Michael Switow

Guest lecturers in a Singapore classroom—it doesn’t matter if it’s a secondary school or tertiary institution, a large assembly or a small group—will find that hands are often slow to rise when it’s time to ask questions. The same is true in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.

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Editor’s Note: Making Pay Equity Stack Up

By Debbie Bolla

Pay transparency has been making headlines in recent months—and is a good reason our Editor-at-Large Michael Switow reports on the progress of gender inclusion in organisations across the APAC region in Increasing Equality.

Pay transparency was also named one of 2019’s top four trends by this year’s LinkedIn Global Talent Trends survey. In fact, the survey found that 53 per cent of talent professionals rate it as very important trend to the future of HR and recruiting. Breaking down the feedback from more than 5,000 professionals in 35 countries further, the survey shows the importance of pay transparency by geography:

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Going Digital

Digital Learning

The future of learning is digital—but are organisations ready to make the transition?

By Marta Chmielowicz

“The only sustainable competitive advantage is an organisation’s ability to learn faster than the competition.”

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Higher Learning: Lessons in Leadership

HRO Today Global Autumn

VP of HR Antonio Climent shares the secrets to building culture and a strong leadership pipeline for Laureate International Universities.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Expanding into new international markets is fraught with difficulties. From aligning cultures to ensuring talent gaps are filled, multinational organisations can struggle to adapt to the norms and realities of their many areas of operation. But with the shift of economic activity from Europe and North America to markets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America comes a renewed need to manage global organisations. In fact, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, 400 midsize emerging-market cities, many unfamiliar in the West, will generate nearly 40 per cent of global growth over the next 15 years.

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Tech Rising

HR Technology

Whilst adoption of HR technology varies throughout the Asia-Pacific region, an expert says it only has one place to go: up.

By Debbie Bolla

With the Asia-Pacific region undergoing intense economic and business change, it’s no wonder that organisations are seeking to update their technology systems in order to earn a competitive advantage. In fact, Sierra-Cedar’s 2016–2017 HR Systems Survey finds that more than 40 per cent of Asia-Pacific organisations are looking to improve or develop a new enterprise HR systems strategy. These strategies include increasing technology budgets; adopting additional technologies beyond payroll and core HRMS; upgrading to cloud-based services; and investing in analytics, mobile, and social applications. Mehul Rajparia, vice president of APAC for SaaS talent management solutions provider Lumesse, has a unique perspective on the market and shares his insights here.

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HR Technology Across the Globe

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

Technology has been and continues to be a big driver of change in all areas of business, and HR is no exception. HR technology has the ability to streamline processes, attract candidates, predict attrition, plan for the future workforce, and importantly, engage employees. But adoption rates vary across the globe, and a new study from ServiceNow, The New CHRO Agenda: Employee Experience Drives Business Value, finds that CHROs in Europe are slower to invest in platforms that improve the employee experience whilst HR leaders in the Asia-Pacific region are facing such fierce competition for talent, they have no choice but to up their game.

Some country-specific findings provide further insight into the regions:

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