Talent Economy Year in Review

What a year 2016 was. Here we take a look at the best from Talent Economy in 2016.
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The year 2016 will be remembered for many reasons. But we hope one of them will be as the birth year of Talent Economy.

Back in June, our editorial team took the plunge in launching Talent Economy, an upstart publication with the aim of elevating the conversation around talent to the C-suite. Then, in September, we officially launched talenteconomy.io, our website, which has become a one-stop shop for some of the most forward-thinking insights and analysis on the role talent plays in business. Finally, in October, we launched Talent Economy Quarterly, a journal designed to guide business leaders and practitioners through the most theoretical and in-depth ideas propelling the talent space forward.

Over the course of our first several months on the job, our team of Talent Economy editors, writers and researchers — not to mention our growing roster of external influencer contributors — have put together stories on everything from the costs and benefits of paid family leave, to the future of artificial intelligence, to the irrational psychological behaviors that guide executive decision-making. Our stories have been met with frequent praise from readers to my inbox. They’ve been shared widely on social media. The journal has shipped to thousands. And we’ve seen sign ups to our email newsletter, Talent Economy in Brief, increase mightily.

It’s been a good start, indeed. Still, more is on the horizon. In 2017, Talent Economy will continue its top-notch editorial coverage with more offerings for our loyal readership. The website will continue to release new and improved iterations. Talent10x, our podcast, will continue to interview some of the most influential voices in business. Added to the mix will be new video series, data visualizations, influencer commentary and more.

Meanwhile, the quarterly journal plans to tackle a number of significant themes, starting with the Winter 2017 issue, which will address the powerful role modern-day technological innovation is having on the labor market. We’ll follow that up in April, with the Spring 2017 issue, which plans to address the constantly evolving employer-employee social contract. In July, with the Summer 2017 issue, the journal will dissect how the ongoing capital vs. labor debate is influencing the talent market. Finally, in October, with the Fall 2017 issue, we’ll dig into how globalization and international trade continue to transform the economics of talent.

— Frank Kalman, Managing Editor

But before we leave 2016 behind and head strong into 2017, let’s take a look at some of the top-hitting stories from our first year.

Why Mental Health is a Top Talent IssueThe importance of mental health on organizational performance means executives need to take the lead in addressing the issue openly and honestly at work.

8 Ways to Encourage, Retain Female Tech TalentBoosting the number of women in technology roles is a necessity for every business.

Lesson From The Cubs’ Success: Culture MattersThe biggest reason for the Chicago Cubs’ recent on-field success has to do with the culture its leaders have created paired with the talent they have assembled.

Talent10x: The New Employer-Employee Social ContractManaging Editor Frank Kalman talks with IBM’s Diane Gherson about how the company views the employer-employee social contract, people analytics and more in the latest episode of Talent10x.

Do Benefits Preferences Differ by Gender?Gender and other demographic information could help executives better predict benefits preferences.

Wells Fargo Aftermath: It’s Time to Rethink Commission-based PayWells Fargo’s sham account scandal shows cracks in a flawed pay model focused too much on individual — not team — performance.

What Will President Trump Mean For the Talent Economy?: Donald Trump’s surprise ascent to the White House comes with a host of policy changes likely to affect the talent economy. But the more short-term implications for leaders have to do with brand and culture.

Entrepreneur As a Skillset: Being an entrepreneur in 2016 means more than starting a business and taking on risk. Today’s definition is more reflective of a skillset that larger organizations are finding incredibly valuable.

What Skills Are Artificial Intelligence Students Learning?: As companies look to the blossoming field to transform their businesses, here’s what skills students in collegiate AI programs are learning.

No, The ‘Gig Economy’ Isn’t The ‘Future of Work’: While gig work will continue to play a role in the future talent economy, the benefits of full-time employment is likely to prevail.

See you in 2017!