Values as Human Resource
The human resources research path focuses on the “broad approach” of assessing the quality of human resources, that is, the attitudes, values, and well-being of the people. It is a meta-analysis where developments are interrelated to the scenarios that have already been created or are being created.
Estonia has been developing rapidly after the restoration of independence, and both the economic progress and the growth in the quality of life of people have been remarkable. However, the growth has slowed down in recent years.
This may be due to various reasons: the aggravating inequality of incomes, polarised values, and the developing of processes instead of people. This may inhibit the knowledge development, which may later be manifested in poor innovation. All these factors in their turn affect the perceived well-being of the people.
When creating economic development scenarios, and drawing up development scenarios for both labour market and productivity, among other things, an understanding has been reached that the development opportunities of the Estonian economy are strongly related to the education, capability, skill level, attitudes and values of the people.
In the course of the Estonian human resources foresight project, the impact of the quality of human resources on Estonia’s development opportunities is assessed within the context of the scenarios that have already been modelled (labour force and productivity) and that are being modelled (regional development). No scenarios are planned to be modelled in the case of this research path.