Preparing for the Future During and after Times of Disruption

In times of such uncertainty, how do you plan for the future? Recent times have shown us how quickly change can occur and while this presents a number of obstacles, it also offers numerous opportunities.

Della Rath from Aon Assessments answered some of our questions about preparing for a future of uncertainty. Recruiters need to strike a balance between preparing to come out of this unique time and preparing for consistent, long-term change.

With the rise of the fourth industrial revolution, we are seeing the recruitment sphere changing at pace. Once normality is somewhat restored, disruption will continue. Della stated that “the only constant is change.” One of the key aspects to consider is agility. You can prepare your workforce for this ongoing disruption by being adaptive and agile. This type of agility comes from planning ahead and being prepared for future challenges, harnessing what you have at your disposal to help such as technology.

Flexible working has challenged many to communicate and work in a very different way. It has challenged teams to communicate better with each other and to work more collaboratively. Now, we know that people have the capacity to work flexibly. This is a positive that we can take with us into the future, giving people the opportunity to work in different ways and enhancing work-life balance.

Technology is changing the world that we live in and the way that we work. Leaders can be prepared in terms of knowing what tools and technology are available to facilitate aspects of the recruitment process, but it is never possible to fully know what trends to expect in the next five to ten years due to the sheer rate at which technology is advancing. More than anything else, it is crucial to welcome the uncertainty of the future with open arms. Knowing the attributes and skills of your workforce will put you in a good position to be prepared for change.


Aon’s Assessment Solutions (formerly cut-e) is a global talent management firm and assessment provider that specialise in innovative psychometrics, rigorous scientific testing and a client centric approach to organisational psychology consultancy. Aon undertake 30 million assessments each year in 90 countries and 40 languages.

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