Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America, recently spoke at the annual Northern Trust Economic Trends breakfast, presented by BizTimes Media, about her outlook for the staffing industry in 2018.
“We have choices. We can say, ‘My workforce of today isn’t right, isn’t ready, isn’t of the right skill. I’m going to go get a new workforce.’ That’s going to be very difficult. Find adjacencies to the skills that you need in the future and train people that can stretch to reach those adjacencies.”
“We can’t just say it’s about re-skilling the workforce. It’s about re-skilling ourselves and making sure we’re all ready to lead in this new digital renaissance.”
“For companies, it’s time now to change from consumers of workforce or labor, to creators of talent.”
“We are embarking on what we call the skills revolution, this dramatic change or gap between the haves and the have nots of skills – the people who can be successful in the future and the people who are struggling to have the skills to be successful. Our challenge, I believe, in Wisconsin is to future-proof ourselves, to get ahead of the skill change, to make sure that we have the talent ready for this next generation of digital transformation.”
“Hire for learnability. Sixty-five percent of the jobs that my three daughters will face don’t exist today. The future isn’t about what you know, it isn’t about what you’ve done, it isn’t about your title, it’s about ‘What can you learn?’ Can you learn and adapt and reposition yourself for the future?”