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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Futurestep: Conflict management skills are in short supply

More than one in five organisations have cited conflict management skills as being in short supply, according to talent management specialists Futurestep.

This key finding was revealed as part of Futurestep's global study, which surveyed learning professionals across five continents, examining the competencies they are looking for in candidates and attitude towards measuring the impact of talent.

Research showed that 21 per cent of businesses in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries are crying out for conflict management skills from its talent. A further 19 per cent named it as the competency most difficult to develop in new recruits.

Interestingly, the survey also revealed that motivating others was not a concern for the industrial sector. According to respondents, this competency is readily available in the industry. And with the rise of mixed workforces and talent migration, this is crucial and can be harnessed to counter-balance the shortage in conflict management skills and to encourage greater teamwork.

Responding to the findings, Dinesh Tyagi, industrial market leader at Futurestep India, said: "We are seeing an increase in global talent migration, especially in industrial managers from European to Asian countries, which is resulting in a culturally diverse workforce.  

"Conflict management skills are essential to ensure a mixed labour force runs harmoniously and employee relations are strong regardless of the difference in background and culture of its employees."  

TJ launched its Great Skills Debate in April and has been focusing on the skills agenda with a variety of online blogs and articles. To join the discussion, go to the Great Skills Debate sub-group on TJ's LinkedIn page.

The discussion will come together at a unique one-day event: The Great Skills Debate - live on 24th October 2012 in London where specialists from education and workplace learning will join government representatives to debate the key questions raised during the preceding months. To find out more or reserve a place, email events@trainingjournal.com or ring 01353 865340.


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