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A CXO’s Guide to Navigating the 2024 talent landscape

A CXO’s Guide to Navigating the 2024 talent landscape

21 Mar, 2024

The last two years saw unprecedented churn in the global talent landscape. From the Great Resignation or the Great Reshuffle in the year 2022 to the global hiring freezes and big layoffs in 2023 – talent leaders are struggling to adapt to these seismic shifts. In response, talent is prioritizing job security, leading to a trend coined as “the Big Stay,” where employees are hitting pause on adventurous career changes.

As we step into 2024, navigating these workforce changes requires CXOs to have sharp foresight into evolving talent expectations and models. Business leaders must respond effectively to attract, retain, and reskill talent for the future of work.

Here are 5 key talent trends CXOs must closely watch out for in 2024 to future-proof their organization’s talent strategy:

1. Hybrid Work Models Will Rule the Roost in 2024

The hybrid work model will firmly dominate the future of work. Over 70% of organizations embraced hybrid working policies during the pandemic, and many continue to follow this model today. As the hybrid approach becomes integral and preferred, organizations must examine key aspects of policy and culture to ensure its long-term viability.

Lasting hybrid models need equitable norms for both office and remote employees – around collaboration, communication, processes, and policies. Some companies advocate for increased onsite presence, emphasizing the innovation that spontaneous “water cooler chats” spark. But enforcing an office-first standard risks alienating digitally native Gen Z talent.

As we step into 2024, designing unbiased hybrid work architectures is crucial. To attract talent while allowing location flexibility, organizations should adopt inclusive tactics such as fly-ins, site rotations, and in-person onboarding. These strategies help create a level playing field for all employees, regardless of their work location. The hybrid balancing act will continue.

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2. Developing Intrapreneurial Leaders

India continues to be a top choice for global organizations to set up Global Capability Centers (GCCs), not just for cost benefits but also as innovation hubs. With this in mind, developing intrapreneurial leaders will be a key talent trend for CXOs in 2024. This is crucial because the Global Roles in India are expanding rapidly from just 115 in 2015 to over 5000 Global Roles in 2023. And projections indicate that this number will surpass 20,000 by 2030, signaling the emergence of proven Indian leadership potential that CXOs can confidently invest in.

So how can CXOs spot and nurture strategic intrapreneurial talent within their organizations? High-potential individuals could be provided opportunities such as global assignments, cross-functional projects, and access to external incubators, and networking platforms. Internal accelerators can support experiments on pressing business challenges. Such initiatives give talented employees real-world exposure to build their entrepreneurial skills – creating value beyond traditional milestones.

The aim is to proactively provide stretch opportunities that help leaders appreciate on-ground realities and lead change effectively. This goes beyond textbook learning to the hands-on application of their intrapreneurial mindset.

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3. Invest in Multi-Generational Skill Evolution

As automation and AI reshape work, skills that were once cutting-edge turn legacy. With forecasts suggesting over 50% of organizational workforces worldwide will experience skills redundancy within 3 years, targeted reskilling in emerging areas is imperative.

For CXOs, workforce skilling is not just an isolated HR process, but a catalyst for innovation that drives revenue streams. As talent competition intensifies, setting an ambitious target for upskilling employees in high-demand domains such as AI, Cloud, IOT, and Cybersecurity by 2024 makes strategic business sense. By investing in the development of next-gen capabilities, organizations can future-proof their workforce and ensure they have the scarce skills needed to stay competitive.

Equally crucial is cushioning against losing high performers or leaders due to outdated skill sets. With expectations diverging between generations – Gen Z employees prioritizing purpose and flexibility, while Boomers focus on retirement security – implementing tailored multi-generational reskilling frameworks can strategically motivate and retain a demographically diverse workforce. Such bi-directional, cross-hierarchical skilling structures boost purpose-driven sustainable careers. This approach not only helps bridge the skill gap but also promotes a culture of lifelong learning, knowledge sharing, and collaboration across different age groups.

GCCs can build dedicated skilling units focused on rapidly advancing critical digital capabilities among employees. Partnerships with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and boot camps can boost access to niche expertise. The opportunity to continually learn, unlearn, and relearn equips workforces with the resilience to pivot despite market uncertainties – turning human capital into the differentiating asset that elevates performance excellence despite external disruptions.

4. AI and People Analytics Enable Hyperpersonalization

For CXOs, AI and People Analytics promise unprecedented visibility into organizational behavior – be it flagging disengaged employees at risk of attrition or illuminating blindspots through anonymous survey patterns. Rather than reactive approaches, predictive insights allow tailored retention initiatives (e.g., personalized training programs, flexible work arrangements, and mentorship opportunities).

The priority is synchronizing employer-employee expectations amidst evolving workplace prerogatives. Initiatives providing location flexibility or sponsored pursuits aligning individual passions with organizational purpose signal reciprocal commitment. For instance, Adobe’s Recreational Wellness Reimbursement underscores that mutual care and trust lead to psychological safety.

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As talent trends in 2024 shift towards a greater emphasis on well-being and personalization, GCCs committed to empowering employees through work-life harmony will find AI technology can deliver hyperpersonalization when applied judiciously. While workforce analytics potential remains largely untapped, leveraging these insights will be crucial for staying ahead of the curve.

Leading with trust and compassion has become the leadership mandate for organizational stability. Using data responsibly to nurture talent supports positive change. By providing visibility, dialog, and choice around the future of work, CXOs can manifest that commitment to helping people transition ahead of the curve.

5. Reimagining Differentiated Employee Value Propositions

With Gen Z talent slated to comprise ~70% of workforces by 2030, organizational cultures must evolve to resonate with their priorities – purpose, impact, and flexibility. Conveying authentic EVPs that align individual aspirations with business vision is key to attracting digital native skills amid intensifying talent wars.

CXOs must spotlight differentiated pillars that make their GCC stand out. Alongside competencies in hi-tech spaces, highlighting hi-touch care for employee well-being and societal conscience helps talent connect with organizational values at a deeper level.

Consistency across such messaging creates organizational brands that talent relates to – not just transactionally but as environments where they drive change. Multi-channel touchpoints turn employees into brand ambassadors conveying your unique GCC story more convincingly than any marketing campaign.

As we look ahead to the talent trends shaping 2024 and beyond, it’s clear that purpose and culture can no longer be afterthoughts. They must headline talent strategy for next-gen relevance.

Future Proofing Talent Strategies by Understanding Talent Trends 2024

In navigating an uncertain future, CXOs must move beyond a singular focus on shareholder returns. Visionary leadership places talent empowerment at the heart of the organizational identity. Building trust through prioritizing people lays the foundation for purpose and growth to thrive together. Fostering an environment where teams can bring their best selves inspires collective success. Regardless of challenges, the ongoing commitment to keeping employees engaged, empowered, and spirited should be ingrained in the cultural DNA, exemplifying leadership excellence.

As CXOs step into 2024, the time to future-proof talent strategy is now. Reimagine work models, reskilling priorities, and engagement plans centered on empowering your people – your ultimate differentiator.

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Priyanka Kumar, Engagement Manager, Zinnov
Sachit Bhat, Associate, Zinnov

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