September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9


Building The 21st Century Workforce

The oil and gas industry has a problem. With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, energy companies are facing a shortage of talent. In Mercer’s “Oil & Gas Talent Outlook and Workforce Practices Survey,” it was reported that many oil and gas companies plan to poach employees from competitors to solve this dilemma. Philip Tenenbaum, senior partner and global leader of Mercer’s Energy consulting practice, said that poaching is neither a feasible nor sustainable option. Simply put, if there is a scarcity of workers, there won’t be enough to go around. The industry needs to find a way to draft fresh talent, and fast. Razor Suleman is the founder of Achievers, a company focuse

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