Spotlight on Unilever: Practicing purposeful business through the Sustainable Living Plan

Posted on June 11, 2018.

Unilever’s long and strong heritage and culture of helping to make the world a better place stems from the company’s earliest beginnings in 1800s Victorian England.1 Today Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan guides the purposeful way the company operates globally through three overarching goals: (1) improve the health and well-being of a billion people, (2) enhance livelihoods for millions of people, and (3) reduce the environmental impact of its business.2 Beyond the positive social and environmental effects of the goals themselves, the Sustainable Living Plan also serves the company by spurring growth, helping to reduce costs and risks, and improving trust in the company.

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2018 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Unveiled

“The rise of the social enterprise” emphasizes the need for realignment among the C-suite to focus on business’s evolving role in society

Posted on May 9, 2018.

We were excited to debut the 2018 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report, The rise of the social enterprise, recently at Bersin,™ Deloitte Consulting LLP’s IMPACT conference to an enthusiastic audience of HR leaders and practitioners. Everyone in the room and beyond—with thousands more watching our first-ever livestream of the launch— got the first glimpse of this year’s trends. The trends reflect seismic changes underway as organizations are increasingly judged not only on their relationships with workers, customers, and communities, but also their impact on society at large—transforming them from business enterprises into social enterprises.

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Creating the exponential professional

This post is the third in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on how professionals, organizations, and regulatory bodies can bridge the gap between the professional of today and the exponential professional of tomorrow.

Posted by Darryl Wagner, and Caroline Bennet on April 10, 2018.

John, a property insurance underwriter, reviews satellite images and property data identified as a potential significant risk by cognitive technologies. Jane, an actuary employed by an insurance company, reviews a financial report produced by a bot and ponders how the company should respond to the increased claim costs highlighted in the report. John and Jane are exponential professionals who are employed in a future workplace transformed by rapidly developing technology. Such professionals rely heavily on deliverables produced by cognitive technology, and augment that technology with their uniquely human skill sets.

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A new business paradigm

The rise of the social enterprise

Posted by Josh Bersin on April 5, 2018.

After a year of research and another enormous survey of business and HR leaders around the world, we just released the 2018 Deloitte Human Capital Trends, entitled “The Rise of the Social Enterprise.” What we found, after detailed analysis of the data and many interviews with business leaders, is that businesses today are entering a whole new era of management: one that is focusing on the businesses less as a “company” and more as an “institution,” integrated into the entire social fabric of society. I know that sounds a bit high-level, but the detailed trends make it clear and real.

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Responsibilities of the exponential professional

This post is the second in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on the expectations and responsibilities of the exponential professional.

Posted by Darryl Wagner, and Caroline Bennet on March 21, 2018.

HR professionals use virtual reality to facilitate employee training and increase retention. Sports reporters use natural language generators to automatically recap games and to highlight interesting statistics. Actuaries use cognitive computing to automatically evaluate data, compute results, and predict new patterns. Professionals across many industries engage employers in alternative work arrangements through the gig economy. This future of work is rapidly becoming reality as technology develops exponentially. Exponential professionals are those who capitalize on the shifting workplace by embracing new technology, leave behind traditional automatable tasks, and apply their uniquely human skill set to more high-value, strategic roles.

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The rise of the exponential professional

This post is the first in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on ways exponential technological growth might impact professionals in the workplace of the future.

Posted by Darryl Wagner and Caroline Bennet on March 1, 2018.

AI. Automation. Machine Learning. Natural Language Processing & Generation. New technology is rapidly disrupting and transforming the nature of work and the identity of professions by enabling humans and machines to work together, side by side. A new breed of professional is rising to navigate this shifting landscape by embracing technology, leaving behind traditional tasks, and applying a uniquely human skill set to focus on higher-value, strategic roles. Enter the exponential professional.

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Embracing L&D’s evolving role: Less control, more influence

Posted by Dani Johnson and Jen Stempel on January 2, 2018.

In talking about and presenting BersinTM, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s latest research on High-Impact Learning Organizations (HILOs) over the past few months, we’ve seen real trepidation on the part of Learning & Development (L&D) professionals. Why? As it turns out, the research indicates that the majority of employee development is not under the direct influence of the L&D department. In fact, most of it is cultural and systemic in nature, leaving many of the more tactical, traditional practices of L&D less impactful than they may have been in the past.

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The humbotic imperative


Posted by Mike Bentley, Ben Dollar, Jeba Dharmaraj and Stephanie Levitt on November 30, 2017.

The rise of robots in organizations has resulted in two schools of thought—those who believe robots will replace humans and those who believe robots will help humans perform better. Our view is that the world has reached a tipping point where robots and humans are set to thrive in a symbiotic partnership. It’s time to start thinking, “Can a bot do this task for me?”

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Organizing for digital maturity: Why it matters, how to start

Posted by Anthony Abbatiello, Sarah Vassy, and Nathaniel Paynter on November 2, 2017.

Digital disruption has been a true game-changer for organizations, taking many of them from a “survive and thrive” mentality to one of “evolve or die,” with companies like Blockbuster and Borders serving as well-known cautionary tales. The latest global research study by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Digital focuses on the race to digital maturity, which is proving to be a marathon rather than a sprint. The study reveals five key practices that distinguish more mature digital organizations, starting with making systemic changes in how they organize themselves.

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