After taking the pulse of employers around the world to learn what was on their minds in 2012, Mercer launced an initiative to help organizations understand and address their most pressing issues and concerns. This is the third installment in "Inside Employers' Minds: Confronting Critical Workforce Challenges," a new series created by Big Think in partnership with Mercer.
So what do employers need to do to attract and retain talent in the 21st century? Collaborate with each other. The evidence demonstrating that cooperative problem solving is more productive than working in isolation has been mounting for years. But for the first time, public and private sector employers are taking notice at an organizational level. A new report from Mercer (produced in collaboration with the World Economic Forum!) suggests that it's imperative for employers and policymakers to change their strategy from one of competition to one of collaboration, working as a community to make decisions, solve problems, and build a truly global workforce.