Face-to-face interactions still vital as hybrid working sets in

CHIEF OF STAFF TV: Hybrid working may be the HR catchphrase of the year, but workforce leaders should not completely turn their back on face-to-face interactions.

Digital transformation expert Laurence Smith has told Chief of Staff Asia's The HR Agenda that even international meetings are back on the agenda as travel corridors begin to open up.


"I think there will be probably a higher degree of return to the workplace than some expect," he said in the latest episode of the discussion program. "(That's) because for a lot of people that sense of community and togetherness is important. For different jobs, roles and projects there is also a massive value to being together as much as possible."

Another HR trend expected to hold HR's attention in 2022 is the ongoing war for talent and the need for every firm to reconsider their talent attraction, development, and retention strategies. Smith says employers should look to their internal talent much more in this environment, including through internal talent marketplaces.


"We are seeing wherever internal marketplaces are deployed a really big impact, in terms of talent mobility and freeing up people to try new things and develop themselves within the organisation," he said.

Hear more from Chief of Staff Asia's Paul Howell and Laurence Smith in the clip below, or see the full episode of The HR Agenda at this Youtube link.



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