Changing Tides

So many things have changed in the workplace over the last few years it’s hard to even know where to start talking about them.  And those changes continue today, with new things coming and traditional things going seemingly every week. They impact not only the way we work, but also the way we look for work and recruit talent. So for this post we decided to focus on 10 major changes to the workplace and what they might mean to you.

They all relate to skills of some type which makes sense given the ongoing conversation about a skills-shortage. The question continues to be what types of skills are really in short supply (soft or hard skills). But at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter since the goal of the public workforce system is to make people better job candidates, and that requires a little bit of both.

The ten biggest changing trends in the workplace are in the areas of:

  1. Technology – constantly learn and adapt without fear.
  2. Innovation – creative confidence to help solve problems.
  3. Foresight – incorporate current sensitivities while also planning for the future.
  4. Entrepreneurship – take risks and explore new ideas (not just tied to $$ anymore).
  5. Social Media – capitalize on micro-communication while also valuing networking as news currency.
  6. Global – think beyond your borders.
  7. Flattened – smaller hierarchies with new opportunities to connect.
  8. Organic Financing – embrace collaboration and look for partnerships, maybe even in non-traditional places.
  9. Temporary – short term goals, accomplished with independent contracts and non-permanent staff.
  10. Skills Based Strengths – know what you’re good at and be able to succinctly explain it.

We realize this is scratching the surface, but it’s intended only to be a starting point. We hope having a tangible list to start with helps prepare you for a new job.

Good luck.

One thought on “Changing Tides

  1. Gerry Fluharty February 26, 2013 / 4:27 pm

    Great post – problem is that most cannot describe necessary soft skills. Also, one angle that is not even thought about is the inclusion of emphasis on career and career progression instead of only focus on job seekers current job choice or selection. That same emphasis is also be found in our workforce centers which are designed more for immediate job gain than long-term career outlook. Age-old saying applies – give them a fish and their momentary goals are met (except those that are fish averse), but teach them to fish and they become a owner of skills that last a lifetime (or at least until retirement).


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