Ericsson is no stranger to changing with the times. The communications tech company has gone through several iterations during its 140-year history—from producing mechanical to electrical switchboards to electronic solutions and today’s mobile systems. The organisation is always trying to get ahead of the latest technology, and having the best talent at its fingertips is critical to achieving this goal.
Ericsson is one of the largest software companies in the world, with more than 100,000 employees in more than 180 countries. With its recent expansion into the services and customised software market, the organisation needed to rethink its talent acquisition strategy in order to get ahead of competitors.
“We were already going through a transformation as a company, moving into software and services,” recalls Gunjan Aggarwal, former global head of talent acquisition, M&A, and HR for Ericsson.
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Once collected, response data are loaded into the HRO Today database for analysis to score each provider that has a statistically significant sample. In order to determine an overall ranking, we analyse results across three subcategories: service breadth, deal sizes, and quality. Using a predetermined algorithm that weighs questions and categories based on importance, we calculate scores in all three subcategories as well as an overall score. The rankings are based on those scores. The numbers presented in the tables represent those calculated scores.
Learn more about the 2017 CHRO of the Year EMEA and Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year EMEA Award finalists.
By Christa Elliott
CHROs and talent acquisition leaders are the driving forces behind a company’s culture and productivity. The processes of finding, selecting, and managing employees are never simple, but thanks to the vision of great HR leaders, organisations have the ability to attract and retain top talent at all levels. The 2017 CHRO of the Year EMEA and Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year EMEA finalists have taken the necessary steps to accomplish this for their organisations, and these awards honour their great work and accomplishments.
The 2017 CHRO of the Year EMEA and Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year EMEA Awards recognise CHROs and talent acquisition leaders who have responded to industry changes and challenges with creative programmes and attention to the unique needs of the business they serve.
Organisations need to evolve their hiring practices around the preferences of emerging career archetypes in Asia.
By Rachele Focardi
Today, every company’s main priority is talent attraction. Whether hiring numbers increase or decrease, every organisation needs to attract the right people to fulfill its business objectives. This is especially true for companies recruiting in Asia, where the pressure on the talent market has increased tremendously in recent years. Enter millennials. Their approach to work has fundamentally changed how organisations approach hiring.
According to a joint study between Universum and INSEAD, the main motivator for millennials in Asia to take a job is cultural fit—not prestige. The study also found that millennials’ top fear when it comes to their future career is not being able to find a job that matches their personality.
There are other differences in work preferences.
Take a closer look at how Shop Direct revamped its recognition strategy during a big transition. By Christa Elliott
Today, Shop Direct is a multi-brand, online retailer serving the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company’s 4,700 on and ofﬂine employees successfully ship more than 50 million products every year, but its digital success was a long time coming. Only after transitioning to an online platform and rethinking the way that it recognised its workforce was Shop Direct able to meet its full potential and become the retail success that it is today.
Shop Direct was born from the iconic British retailer Littlewoods—a company founded more than 80 years ago when mass-market retailing was in its infancy. Although Shop Direct became a brand well-loved by consumers, the shift to online shopping and marketing over time meant that the U.K.-based retailer had to adapt alongside industry developments or risk becoming obsolete.
An influx of remote workers means new compensation considerations.
By Jean-Luc Barbier
In recent years, HR departments have witnessed the rise of a whole new type of workforce, one that now includes remote workers. As globalisation, skill availability, and outsourcing practices change, businesses have been taking advantage of freelancers, and the traditional work environment is being reshaped.
According to a recent Gallup survey of more than 15,000 employed workers, 43 per cent said they work remotely at least some of the time. This is a four point uptick from 2012. Many large organisations know that the best talent might not already be at their doorstep, and there is nothing stopping them for looking globally for a new employee.
Although the skill gains can be huge, there are also important considerations that can impact productivity, especially if remote workers are in another country.
Bringing a positive candidate experience to relocation assignments can be a key differentiator.By Christa Elliott
Most HR professionals agree that creating an outstanding candidate experience—from recruitment through onboarding—is a great way to boost employee engagement and well-being. But relocated employees, whether they are new hires or transferees, will have a very different “candidate experience” due to the special circumstances of their employment and the careful planning that goes into a relocation. Done well, a relocation can illustrate that the organisation is invested in the employee’s success and growth. But if the relocation assignment isn’t given special attention and care and becomes stressful for the employee, it can work against the organisation.
A 2017 study by CareerArc found that 99 per cent of employers believe that managing employer brand and reputation (including through candidate experience) is important to attracting top talent.
The future of HR is always a question for me. I had the chance to visit the Wharton Center for Human Resources recently, and my conversation with professor Peter Cappelli turned to some interesting work he is doing with the staff there, studying the concept of “agility.” Agility is about adaptive structure- and action-oriented decision-making (see Harvard Business Review, The Future of Performance Management, October 2016). I wonder if someday someone will describe Superman as “faster than a speeding HR person,” but I doubt it. Being agile requires entrepreneurship in the corporate setting and a fair bit of risk-taking. HR needs to do these things, and great progress has been made, but just how agile can HR get?
I will get negative mail about this column, so before I begin, I want to remind everyone I have dedicated my life to the HR community. I have written often about the growing impact and importance of the HR function.
If you are in the 68 per cent of HR leaders that are experiencing talent challenges (according to SHRM research), than this is the issue for you. HRO Today covers strategies to attract, develop, and retain top performers in every issue, but our Autumn edition is essentially your Golden Ticket to talent acquisition and management.
Our issue begins with our long-awaited RPO Baker’s Dozen, covering the top leaders in enterprise recruitment process outsourcing (see page 15). This is one of most highly competitive surveys with more than 800 HR leaders participating. So if you took part, we thank you!
In our cover story, Built by Innovation, former vice president of people for Ericsson Gunjan Aggarwal shares her journey to an effective talent acquisition strategy through a partnership with Pontoon Solutions.
“Pontoon has put in some efforts to improve sourcing capability to really build a strong talent pipeline and to do better market mapping,” says Aggarwal.
The city centre is beautiful, boasting colorful doors, a great variety of pubs, and narrow cobblestones streets. The city is Dublin and we are excited to be back here again for the 2017 HRO Today Forum EMEA from 6 to 8 November. Recognition, learning, and networking are all part of the plan as delegates will hear from industry thought leaders and experts, discover the talented companies and individuals receiving awards during our Talent Acquisition Leader and CHRO Awards Gala, and meet HR professionals from around the region.
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