Should employers offer more career development help for older workers and other employees?

stock-photo-digital-image-of-gears-again-2285531-582823-editedMore than 4 in 10 companies believe AI or automation in the workplace will have a major impact on jobs — and 61 percent are now actively redesigning positions around artificial intelligence and robotics, according to a new report involving 11,000 HR and business leaders’ thoughts on human capital trends. 

More than half — 54 percent — of organizations, however, have no programs in place to build skills that will be needed in the future as automation in the workplace increases. Only 18 percent feel they give employees opportunities to develop themselves and chart new pathways for their career.

According to Deloitte, which produced the report, internal mobility is often still propelled by tenure, title and internal politics.

Other global talent management strategy challenges also exist — including issues relating to the aging workforce.

Although older workers can offer a considerable amount of knowledge and, by proxy, provide competitive advantages, 49 percent of employers indicated their companies haven’t done anything to help mature employees find new careers as they age. Another 15 percent say older workers are viewed as an impediment to rising talent.

For more on Deloitte’s findings on potential age bias, AI and robotics and other topics, view this information about its report.

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