Workforce Changes in 2020: What to look for
According to a recent article from Inc.com, there are eight major workforce changes in 2020 that we should look out for. Take advantage of these trends to create the perfect work-life balance and find your dream job.
#1. More remote work options
Your workspace could be a coffee shop, the library, the park, the beach, your comfy couch, or anywhere! With a remote job, you can work from wherever you want to.
Related: Top 5 Companies Hiring Remotely
#2. Greater dependence on technology
Technology is an integral part of our personal and professional lives. You can’t escape it. Putting “basic computer skills” on your resume is a thing of the past. Employers expect you to know how to use a computer very well.
#3. Increased awareness of mental health
Good mental health means better work performance. Employers are realizing more and more that it is important to invest in the well-being of their employees. It saves money, increases performance, and makes for a better work environment all around.
#4. Shorter work weeks
Japan, once of the hardest working countries in the world, successfully executed an experiment at Microsoft with a four-day workweek this summer. Business analysts predict that many businesses around the world, including the United States, will be looking into this option as well.
#5. More diversity within organizations
The increase in remote jobs directly correlates to an increase in diversity at companies. You could be working with people from all over the world. Better brush up on that foreign language you took in high school.
#6. A bigger focus on improving the overall office environment
Business owners and managers are upgrading work spaces to be more environmentally friendly as well as more comfortable to work in. There is a lot of competition for attracting and retaining top talent. A desirable work environment is one of the biggest changes employers will be making in the next few years.
#7. Increased use of artificial intelligence
Technology, including AI, is increasing in many areas of our lives. This is especially true in the workplace. Employers and employees will have to become more comfortable with this reality. As a society we will have to embrace it despite AI being viewed negatively because of the potential for human capital to lose value.
#8. The reduction in employee retention and loyalty
People do not view their careers in the same way they did several decades ago. In the past people would start at an entry level position with the goal of climbing the ladder within one company and staying there for many years. Globalization, remote work, and the diversification of job availability has shifted this thinking. Now employees more often jump for company to company in order to advance their career and experience new opportunities.
We hope this list gives you a lot to think about as you plan your next career move and search for the next opportunity.
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