The world as we see is struggling with conflicts, economic breakdown and at the same time it is advancing in technology and communication. In this era so called information age, the levels of sharing information and knowledge are far than ever before as things are shared virtually without borders. Also in midst of confused state of affairs of world we are witnessing governments struggling to deal with conflicts related to politics, peacemaking, unemployment and economic recovery. One of the key reasons for this is that governments are not good in talent management. Talent Management and Stakeholder engagement is rather an art or a field in itself which has not captivated attention of the governments. Take the example of corporates, they have an ideal Human Resource strategy to capitalize on talent and thereafter increase their productivity by harnessing that talent. Corporations have a holistic view of talent required not only in present but a foresight of nearly 5 to 10 years. Unlike that how far governments are having talent management strategy it’s still a mystery? Therefore in this article I have just tried to highlight few issues related to talent management of youth and how can governments try to resolve it.
Youth empowerment and Engagement has been one of the key issues in the following years, despite the repeated efforts by UN and other bodies, somehow youth empowerment has not received serious attention by governments. There are numerous of conferences held every year on youth empowerment but rarely a step is taken ahead in right direction. Incidences like protesting at Wall streets, Rio+20 Youth walkout, Youth protests in India and other conflicts sign towards weak strategy of governments to engage with youth. Most of the decision makers are politicians at senior level which in a way is a signal that either they are not capable to discuss the issues or either if they are capable to deal with issues they do not prioritize youth issues. In any of the major meetings around the world, be it UN Conference on Youth, G20, and Climate Negotiation we haven’t seen Youth sitting with world leaders and discussing issues Face to Face. Often we wonder why governments are still ignorant or fear to engage youth and there could many reasons but described below are the two primary reasons which result in lack of engagement.
•Power : Political parties are often biased due to power drifts, Often senior political leaders think that youth lack experience and hence handling down any sort of power be it policy making or ministerial portfolio might result into handing excess of authority which my risk their own interests.
•Lack of trust and delegating responsibility: As mentioned earlier governments are always on their toes to balance their political interests, hence they always fear to delegate the authority to youth to take certain decisions. Youth has been known to think out of the box and for pro activism; governments rather tend to avoid such things because they think on traditional lines. This attitude has resulted in same old policy making mechanisms which haven’t resolved the problems related to unemployment, education, entrepreneurship so far.
There is never a one stop solution to help governments to deal with such issues but as I said earlier, that governments and political parties should start thinking like corporates for sustainable future. Below listed are the few tips for governments to reflect on their actions and decisions to help them improvise their own structure and strategy.
•Have a good Human Resource Strategy: A good HR strategy will ultimately result in channelizing the right talent at right place. Often governments tend to ignore this , it has been noted that more attention is drawn towards political issues and issues related to entrepreneurship , education are given secondary priority
•Recruiting Youth for Policy Making: Policy makers are often senior people with experience and they need to realize the potential of youth because of their reactiveness and wide vision. An effective policy making should involve the opinion of youth backed with the experience of senior policy makes. This will be reflected in national policies of governments which would ultimately intend to empower the interests of its people
•Empower Youth and Delegate Responsibilities: Senior officials do not easily trust young delegates, although young people participate in the political process, decisions are still taken by senior people. Instead f that governments should rather impart training and delegate responsibilities to young people. This will ultimately result in the building of trust and co-operation among civil society and governments.
•Master the art of Stake Holder Engagement : Most of the issues in the world require synergetic efforts of different stakeholders and not only governments.Therefore governments should try to develop a good stakeholder strategy where NGO’s Businesses, Youth and Policy makers get an equal opportunity to sit together and find out solutions for those issues.