Research by Ricoh across 2,000 European employees has shown that 2017 is expected to be a year of enormous change. The report entitled, ‘A World of Change’ uncovered four major factors that will shape the economy of Europe and beyond.

  • Growing confidence

Despite the result of the EU referendum in June 2016, Ricoh’s research found that over 95% of employees felt their businesses can grow in 2017. Only 34% polled believed that uncertainty was impacting negatively on their company.

  • Skills of the future workforce

Demand for STEM workers (science, tech, engineering and maths) is higher than ever. Digital technology continues to change the talent required in countless industries, and European employees are having to constantly evolve their skillset to keep up.

  • Leading through change

A clear finding of the research was the bigger impact global political upheaval is having on employers. The continuing effect on supply chains, taxes and tariffs is causing mounting pressure on managers. As employees focus on filling gaps in their skillsets, it seems that business leaders are grappling instead with adapting to an ever-changing global landscape.

  • The dawn of a new age

2016 was the year that Google’s AI beat a champion in the board game ‘Go,’ and the year that numerous technologies disrupted the way we work. Automation, augmented reality and the dawn of a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ will all make 2017 a year for enormous digital transformation. For the full report, see below.

Read the full research findings here

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