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Angelika Reich


Drives impact from large-scale organizational transformation while addressing workforce challenges created by industry disruption and technology

Angelika advises companies across multiple sectors, with particular depth in technology, telecommunications, and advanced industries. A leader in our People & Organizational Performance Practice, she focuses on the ways emerging technology is changing the workplace and shifting the skills companies will need to remain competitive.

With expertise for addressing a range of organizational challenges, Angelika often guides large-scale transformation efforts. She also helps leaders take steps to address disruptive changes from digitalization and other trends, finding opportunities to upskill and reskill their workforces.

Examples of Angelika’s recent client work include the following:

  • helping a global technology company develop a new people and learning strategy
  • supporting a digital services company through a reskilling and upskilling effort addressing one third of their workforce
  • working with a telecommunications company to establish a hybrid remote operating model and new ways of working
  • guiding several companies in the technology and telecommunications industries through initiatives to set up agile corporate centers and support functions

Angelika publishes frequently on the topics of workforce reskilling and the future of work. Before joining McKinsey, she was a neurocognitive researcher with a focus on artificial intelligence and psychology. She has a PhD in human biology and applied psychology.

Published work

How to identify employee disengagement,” McKinsey & Company, January 2024

Who is productive, and who isn’t? Here’s how to tell,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Some employees are destroying value. Others are building it. Do you know the difference?,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2023

Gen what? Debunking age-based myths about worker preferences,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Reimagining people development to overcome talent challenges,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

European talent is ready to walk out the door. How should companies respond?,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Bolder recruitment efforts can benefit organizations,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Overcoming the fear factor in hiring tech talent,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2022

How banks can build their future workforce—today,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Three keys to building a more skilled postpandemic workforce,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2021

It’s time for leaders to get real about hybrid,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2021

Return as a muscle: How lessons from COVID-19 can shape a robust operating model for hybrid and beyond,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2021

Building workforce skills at scale to thrive during—and after—the COVID-19 crisis,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

Rethink reskilling for the post-pandemic world,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Reskilling in the age of COVID: There’s no better time than the present,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Thriving after COVID-19: What skills do employees need?,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, July 2020

To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Beyond hiring: How companies are reskilling to address talent gaps,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

Building the workforce of tomorrow, today,” McKinsey & Company, November 2018

Unlocking success in digital transformations,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

The future of work: Switzerland’s digital opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

The people power of transformations,” McKinsey & Company, February 2017

How to beat the transformation odds,” McKinsey & Company, April 2015


Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
PhD, human biology and applied psychology

Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
Diploma, psychology