I wasn't at the Travolution Summit last week, but I concur with the comments from Duncan Alexander below. On the whole companies are definitely being more proactive to engage with staff and to deploy staff retention programmes. And it's working. On the other hand companies who don't work at staff engagement or who have a poor people culture are much more vulnerable to losing staff. We know, because we see the trends from candidates making contact with us. It works both ways.
Alexander also makes the point that people need to take responsibility for the development of their personal digital career and where appropriate to re-skill. Again I agree. Most people nowadays have a significant proportion of digital exposure in their roles, but fail to emphasise this on their CV's or Linkedin profiles. The chances are that you are more digitally experienced than you think you are, but if you are not then be proactive and do something about it!
Duncan Alexander, digital solutions director at DXC, told a session launching the annual Travel Weekly Europe report, that firms are experiencing a serious Human Resources challenge. “People are retiring earlier and kids are entering the workforce later. We are losing workforce. At the same time we have a record levels of employment so what we have is a skills problem. “Therefore companies are in massive competition to engage staff and keep them onboard.” Alexander said bringing in new employees is a big challenge because today’s workforce expects to be located in a modern workplace and to be able to use their own phone or laptop straight away. He said everyone today has to take care of their own digital career as the hype around technology becomes a reality and people need to re-skill to remain employable.