Editor’s Letter: A Closer Look – APAC

By Debbie Bolla

This year’s HRO Today APAC Forum in Hong Kong was redesigned to enhance collaboration, learning, and best practice sharing. This workshop-based approach focused on problem-solving in order to help executives “Drive Corporate Strategy.”

If you were unable to attend the Forum, this special digital supplement will provide you with some of the solutions you missed.

Several HR challenges were tackled:

The Digitisation of Talent Acquisition (see page 6 for more)

“When you think about talent acquisition and human resources, for years we’ve been saying, ‘This is what I want’ and then predicting the people who are going to succeed based on profiles already in the business,” explains Nicole Cook, managing director of Australia/New Zealand for PeopleScout. “Now technology has caught up [and can] say ‘I’m going to tell you: this is who you want.’ The trick with machine learning and artificial intelligence is that it’s [continually] learning and refining. It says, ‘Okay, you hired somebody like that last time and you placed them. This is somebody that meets all those criteria. Go look at them.'”

Attracting Top Talent – Does the Candidate Experience Really Matter? (see page 8 for more)

“If candidates are gold and we know how hard it is to find really fantastic people for the jobs that you need, not only for today, but also for what your business needs tomorrow, why don’t we treat them like gold?” says Sue Campbell, managing director for Asia for Korn Ferry Futurestep.

Delivering Exceptional Outcomes for Candidates and Organisations, Through the New World of Assessment (see page 10 for more)

“We all agree that we need to collect data and assess candidates to bring the right talent to your organisation, but assessment has had its challenges over time in how it’s implemented and its effectiveness in the organisation,” explains Caleb Baker, Alexander Mann Solutions’ managing director for Asia Pacific and emerging markets.

Embracing Bots: Why AI Will Be Your Competitive Advantage In The War For Talent (see page 12 for more)

“We’re living in a new era of recruitment,” says Kristy Sidlar, managing director of business development for APAC for Allegis Global Solutions. Artificial intelligence (AI) and the creation of talent communities has changed the equation again. “Now what we’re trying to do is really combine that personal touch with the ability to reach many and to make that happen faster.”

The Financial Impact of Total Talent Management (see page 14 for more)

“Decision-making for talent today is decentralised, and I think we can see that when we are really looking at the type of talent that we’re trying to bring in,” says AgileOne’s president Peter Carvalho. “Suppliers right now seem to be pushing the overall total talent strategy.”

A special thanks to contributing writer Michael Switow for his detailed coverage. Hope to see you next September in Hong Kong.

Tags: APAC, Global Autumn 2017 Supplement, Magazine Article

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