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Experts suggest solutions for sustainable employment in digital transformation era

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and ManpowerGroup Vietnam jointly held a webinar on employment security on October 25, during which human resource experts discussed the international experiences of digital transformation.

They also highlighted the new in-demand skills and solutions to sustainable employment, as well as the future of skills for local workers.

The webinar, “Digital Transformation: International Experience in Employment Security and the Future of Skills for Vietnamese Workers”, also witnessed the launch of the ManpowerGroup ESG report 2021 on “Environment action, social impact and good governance”.

The event saw valuable insights shared by the executives of the ManpowerGroup in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East and the local HR industry on how people’s wellbeing should be among the top priorities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Le Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of MOLISA, delivered the opening speech mentioning the impacts of the global health crisis and digital transformation on national employment. “As the Covid-19 vaccination is being deployed globally as well as in Vietnam, the domestic labor market is expected to recover from 2022. The pandemic, which is forecasted to be very unpredictable, will require the labor and employment sector to be more prepared, to change most of the way it operates in the direction of modernity and digitization to adapt to the new normal.”

In tandem with the entire country’s digital transformation efforts, representatives from the Department of Employment and MOLISA shared the department’s project to apply information technology in connecting the local workforce with suitable jobs.

The global workforce is experiencing an ever-changing world of work, which is hastened by the fourth industrial revolution and Covid-19.

According to ManpowerGroup, digital transformation is among today’s workforce trends. The Skills Revolution Reboot 2021 research by ManpowerGroup reveals that 38% of companies globally are speeding up their digitization and automation.

Vietnam is catching up with the trend. According to the recent survey by ManpowerGroup Vietnam with the Institute of Labor and Social Affairs, up to 94% of FDI businesses have clear directions in enhancing the application of new technologies in manufacturing activities in the coming three years.

“Under the impact of the industrial revolution 4.0 and the pandemic, employers today are taking on a more important role than ever in providing sustainable employment, and the HR department should consider adopting the people-first approach in their business strategy,” said Simon Matthews, Regional Manager of ManpowerGroup Vietnam, Thailand and the Middle East.

As per findings in the ManpowerGroup research, the top priorities of HR professionals today include employees’ health and wellbeing (63%), new work models (37%), and more upskilling, learning and development for the employees (30%).

As stated in the ESG 2021 report, “Working to Change the World”, ManpowerGroup aims to champion diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, improving employability and prosperity for everyone. “Now is the time to reshape a better, brighter future for workers – one that is more skilled, more diverse and more wellbeing-orientated than we could have ever imagined,” said Jonas Prising, CEO and Chairman of ManpowerGroup.

Another speaker, Pham Hong Quan, HR Head of Piaggio Asia Pacific, shared how the company’s employees were taken care of in terms of mental health during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Sam Haggag, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup Malaysia, shared a case study on reskilling for employees during the digital era and the global pandemic.

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