Read the PULSE Magazine 2017 Talent Issue:

Fast Company: Standards as an Innovation Accelerator
View from the C-Suite: Talent Talk with Carl Camden
Regional Site Tracker: Delving Deep into the European, Middle East & African Outsourcing Industries
The Battle for Jobs: Staying Relevant in the Robotics Age
Talent & Sourcing in an Era of Disruption: Companies Need to Be Prepared, Agile and Adaptable
The Rise of Mobile Working: Is Your Workplace Ready for the Future of Work?
Man and Machine: The Future Awaits
Will Offshore Outsourcing Return Home

 

The Gig Economy: The new, virtual workforce is seeking flexible and shared workspaces.

The concept of lifetime employment with a single company is largely a thing of the past. Today, millennials, experienced workers, and other free agents increasingly are being sought for specialized assignments in the gig economy.

The quest for the best talent is on. How do outsourcing professionals fit into the changing talent landscape? IAOP turned to its expert members to learn the latest.

In our special report on talent, we look at the gig economy and how a growing segment of freelance talent is choosing this work style, despite obstacles that make it difficult. Carl Camden, former president and chief executive officer of Kelly Services talks talent in our interview in the View from the C-Suite.

In our special report on talent, we look at the gig economy and how a growing segment of freelance talent is choosing this work style, despite obstacles that make it difficult. Carl Camden, former president and chief executive officer of Kelly Services talks talent in our interview in the View from the C-Suite.

How does this liquid workforce of contingent workers sharing offices with full-time employees impact your office space now and into the future? Doug Sharp, President, Americas Corporate Solutions, JLL, discusses the new real estate realities.

Man and machine working side by side is another phenomena rapidly taking hold. Bobby Varanasi, COP, COP-GOV, explores how automation and machine learning are emergent threats to traditional views of jobs and looks into the longer-term future where the very definition of jobs could be seen as obsolete.

Remaining competitive in this morphing job market will take a unique mix of skills and talents. Co-chairs of IAOP’s Global Human Capital Chapter Jonathan Tanz and Spencer Bethmann of KPMG and Allan Racey of Accenture weigh in on what it takes to stay relevant against robots. Julie Fernandez of ISG discusses How Automation Takes HR to the Next Level in our Chapter Spotlight.

How will potential changes to immigration and non-immigrant business visa programs impact talent and sourcing strategies of companies with multinational operations or offshore service delivery models? Mark J. Voytek, EY, Principal, Americas Outsourcing Advisory Leader, dives deep into this timely topic.

WE’LL CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT TALENT AND THE FUTURE AT OWS18, FEB. 18-21, AT THE RENAISSANCE ORLANDO.

In a related story on Will Outsourcing Return Home, IAOP’s expert academic researchers Ron Babin, COP and Mary Lacity, COP, share research findings from OWS17 and other sources looking at the effects of reshoring in the Research Corner.

Also from OWS17, we look at our industry’s best talent: our Certified Outsourcing Professionals (COPs) who took on the audience in an exciting Jeopardy-style game show during the Summit. Test your own smarts with a quick quiz.

If you want to see the face of the industry’s future, be sure to read more about IAOP’s first scholarship awardees and their takeaways from attending the Summit in San Antonio.

While the talent scene is constantly changing, we, as an industry, have much to be optimistic about. Through IAOP’s Certified Outsourcing Professional Master Class, we are training highly skilled professionals whose versatility uniquely qualifies for them to take on whatever the future holds – whether it’s a new gig or perhaps a job in robotics that doesn’t exist yet.

The skills learned through this comprehensive learning experience are relevant and applicable for today and tomorrow’s job requirements. If you are interested, COP Master Class & Outsourcing Governance Workshops are coming up in June in Chicago and September in the Netherlands.

Another bright area for our industry is the largely unrealized talent potential that awaits tapping through impact sourcing. This practice of intentionally hiring and providing career development opportunities to people who otherwise have limited prospects for formal employment to deliver business outcomes could provide solutions to potential talent gaps.