SOURCE: Firing Line with Bill Kutik

Firing Line with Bill Kutik

June 23, 2015 07:15 ET

Deloitte's Josh Bersin Tells 'Firing Line with Bill Kutik' Corporate Engagement Problems Come From Overwhelmed Employees Needing More Simplicity on the Job

Leading Expert Says HR Is Part of the Problem but Can Offer Solutions

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - Jun 23, 2015) -  Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, tells "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®" that HR's top problem of lack of engagement may be mitigated by simplifying jobs and job requirements to win back the "overwhelmed employee" and improve engagement.

Bersin's comment highlights the fifth edition of the new broadcast-quality video interview program starting its YouTube run today at http://bit.ly/KutikFiringLine.

"More than two-thirds of the companies we [Deloitte Consulting LLP] studied believe that one of their critical business issues is complexity and the overwhelming nature of work. The constant streams of information coming in on your phone, too many emails, too many conference calls, too many meetings..." Bersin tells Kutik.

He emphasizes that too much complexity on the job has caused many employees to become dis-engaged from their employers, a trend that suddenly moved to the top of HR leaders' concerns.

To enhance engagement, companies need to simplify, Bersin says, adding that HR and the systems it uses need to be part of the effort.

"I think one of the wakeup calls for us is that we're part of the problem," Bersin says. "At an automobile company over the summer, we were talking about the development of their technical professionals, and they told me they had just built a 62- level competency model for their...manufacturing engineers, and they asked me how do we assess people against 62 competencies, and I said, 'Well, I don't know. I'm not sure you can'."

"We tend to make things complicated. We tend to be craftsman that like the elegance of the solution and now we need to learn how to create simplicity and clarity in the solution."

The interview with Bersin, the nation's most popular HR expert, is the second in a two-part "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®" series. The new monthly web program features HD video interviews with thought-leaders from the HR community including practitioners, vendor executives, analysts and consultants.

To date, "Firing Line" has received nearly 8,000 views on YouTube channel http://bit.ly/KutikFiringLine. "Our two-part series with Josh Bersin is the latest example of our commitment to bringing our audience the best thinking from the leading thinkers in the HR community, without any marketing slant or product promotion," Bill Kutik, host and managing editor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik® said. "This approach is establishing our new series as a unique resource for HR practitioners. People are telling us how much they like what we're doing, our concise video format and our delivery of new value to the HR community."

SAP (NYSE: SAP) is the inaugural sponsor of "Firing Line with Bill Kutik®," and other vendors will be sponsoring in the future.

About Bill Kutik

As the HR industry's leading independent analyst, Bill Kutik is considered one of the top four influencers in the HR technology marketplace. For 25 years, he has been Technology Columnist for "Human Resource Executive"®, and served as founding co-chair of the magazine's famous annual HR Technology® Conference & Expo, since it began in 1998 through 2013.

The Bill Kutik Radio Show®, a bi-weekly online talk show with industry leaders, now has 179 programs in the archive and continues to be produced in its eighth year at http://bit.ly/KutikRadio. Kutik has also created and moderated 103 industry panels.

In 2012, Human Resource Executive named him one of the 10 "Most Powerful HR Technology Experts" and The Huffington Post in 2013 listed him in "Top 100 Social HR Experts on Twitter."

Previously, he reported for "The New York Times" and "The New York Daily News." He has a BA degree from Harvard University. He can be reached at Bill@Kutik.com.