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How You Can Solve Your Talent Shortage

Practical advice for solving the talent shortage you're likely facing,I’ve written frequently about the talent shortage in several industries, including manufacturing, construction and oil and gas. But it’s becoming clear that those aren’t the only industries being affected. In fact, there’s a worldwide shortage of talent in almost any industry you can name. That’s the conclusion of a report by the ManpowerGroup, “Solving the Talent Shortage: Build, Buy, Borrow and Steal.”

InfoGraphic: Talent Shortages Growing Around the World (ManpowerGroup 2018)

Compelling Data: Acute Worker Shortages

The report is based on a massive survey — the company interviewed 39,195 employers in 43 countries and territories. And the news for employers is dire. The report concludes: “Talent shortages are more acute than they have been for decades…We found that more employers than ever are struggling to fill open jobs. Forty-five percent say they can’t find the skills they need, and for large organizations (250+ employees) it’s even higher, with 67% reporting talent shortages.”

Lack of Skills & Experience Greatest Talent Shortage Drivers (ManpowerGroup 2018)

It goes on to say, “Every industry is impacted. From manufacturing to mining, transport to trade, employers cannot find the people they need with the right blend of technical skills and human strengths.”

Among the workers hardest to hire are the skilled trades (electricians, welders, and mechanics), sales reps, engineers, technicians and IT staff. That varies according to the country surveyed. For example, in the United States, it’s very difficult to find healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and other non-nursing healthcare professionals. Finding people to work in the manufacturing industry is also hard.

Big Companies Will Face Greatest Talent Shortages (ManpowerGroup 2018)

It's Only Getting Worse for Large Enterprises

The report’s findings show that things are likely to only get worse in the future. Ironically, digital transformation, designed to make workers and enterprises more efficient and productive, is helping spur the talent shortage, according to the report. It warns, “As companies digitalize, automate and transform, finding candidates with the right blend of technical skills and human strengths is more important than ever – yet 27% of employers say applicants lack either the hard skills or the human strengths they need.” Large enterprises seem to be the organizations that will face the biggest challenges around hiring talent.

How to Solve the Talent Gap: Intelligent Apps

There is a solution for the problem. Intelligent apps that digitize business processes and eliminate paper forms can increase worker efficiency by:

  • speeding the capture of, and access to, data in the field -- reducing hours spent on each task and squeezing more work time out of each day for every worker
  • capturing the proven practices of more experienced workers to provide best practice workflows for less experienced workers to follow 
  • embedding business logic - capturing the proven practices of more experienced workers to provide best practice workflows for less experienced workers to follow
  • integrating with systems of record - incorporating existing data or trigging workflows or alerts based on input data
  •  lowering risk by collecting accurate field data quickly -- eliminating data-entry mistakes and delayed access to critical data.

All these factors make workers more productive, and processes more accurate and efficient. Collectively, this reduces the need to hire as many new workers, because companies can do more with less.

The Best Way to Build Intelligent Apps for Today's Workforce

The Best Way to Build Intelligent Apps for Today's WorkforceLow-code/no-code development platforms allow non-technical staff to write these intelligent apps, reducing the need for highly trained programmers to write every app the business needs and avoiding app development bottlenecks. Many of these platforms, such as Alpha Anywhere, also enable business users and IT staff to collaborate on apps, allowing each to focus on value-add activity.

Enterprises need to choose the right platform to enable the organization to craft the intelligent apps they need quickly, elegantly and securely. Alpha TransForm  is ideal for crafting intelligent business apps. Alpha TransForm helps business users craft online or offline mobile business apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. If IT staff want to add more advanced features to any business app, they can utilize Alpha Anywhere to add further security or robust offline functionality to these intelligent apps.


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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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