How to acquire and retain high quality talent in 2023

Talent, the world’s most valuable commodity, has been difficult to find for the best part of one generation. Even before Covid-19, when profits were up and capital was footloose and fancy-free, bosses fretted that talented workers were in short supply. Part of the problem may lie with how the word is defined in the first place. Is talent a concept saved for workers with an innate ability, for example turning a P/L around or inventing a revolutionary technology, or is it merely tantamount to brainpower and the capacity to think creatively?

About the event

Just how scarce "talent" has become can be observed in the recent drop of productivity, a way to quantify how much employees contribute to an organisation’s results. The latest data suggest that productivity has fallen sharply between 2021-2022. Unfortunately, there is little sign that 2023 will be any different. That matters greatly, because higher productivity is the greatest driver of GDP growth and more take-home pay. This particularly should matter to companies where the trendy scourge of "quiet quitting" has taken hold.

In Korea, CxOs are equally nervous. In a recent survey conducted by employment portal JobKorea, 90% of respondents said they were interested in changing jobs, a significant rise from 69% a year earlier. Meanwhile, a separate study by the Federation of Korean Industries found that 65.8% of students in their 4th year of university have virtually given up looking for a job. Given this, how can business leaders respond to the talent shortage? What lessons can be learned from other companies’ experience? What can executives expect as new working trends take hold despite the economy’s apparent downward turn in 2023? Join us at this event where we bring together some of Korea’s most experienced business leaders to discuss how to acquire and retain talent this year.


Jacco Zwetsloot

Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

Gordon Dudley

CEO of RDI Worldwide


Times below are shown as GMT+9

11:30 – 12:00 – Registration & Networking

12:00 – 13:30 – Discussion & Lunch

Event Details


Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea (South)


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