Work force strategy not top concern among global companiesNews added by Benefits Pro on September 4, 2012

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By Amanda McGrory

Seventy-eight percent of employers either lack a work force strategy or have trouble implementing one, according to a new survey by ManpowerGroup, a provider of work force solutions.

This comes during the Human Age, which requires flexible workforce models as well as long-term human resources planning to attain skilled talent that is often difficult to find, ManpowerGroup maintains.

"All companies, large and small, need a work force strategy to succeed in the Human Age," says Owen Sullivan, ManpowerGroup’s president of specialty brands. "Without a strategy for structuring flexible work models, it's impossible to adjust to fluctuating demand for products and services. Winning companies are able to identify and recruit the right mix of part-time, full-time and skilled talent to meet real-time and future needs."

They survey also finds that only 38 percent of the respondents see the HR department as a full business partner, and there is a fragility threatening small and medium enterprises, which needs the proper framework and resources to grow. Helping small and medium enterprises grow is an important component when it comes to sustaining economies.

"For any growing employer and economy to thrive in the Human Age — an era marked by increasingly scarce skilled talent — employers will require direct and immediate access to talent through contemporary work models," says Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup’s president of the Americas.

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