The age of personalization will provide filtered, data-driven, relevant and actionable reports so that people, teams and businesses can better serve their customers and partners and other stakeholders. As businesses and business models morph in this direction, we will see a corollary shift in the workforce, reflecting these changes. Below are some anticipated trends.
There will be fewer full-time employees and Contractors Will Rule.
- As there are fewer full-time positions available, hiring managers want to make sure that the person who is hired is actually the right person for that job. Hence, there will be a marked increase in the temp-to-hire trend.
- Some workers like the opportunity to work flexible hours of the day, of the week, of the month, and some companies and hiring managers like only offering seasonal jobs, or only hiring to supplement current workforce for clearly identified pockets of time.
- There will also be an increase in per-project consulting, as there are fewer full-time employees and there may be less of a need for specific types of projects.
- Additionally, there will be an ongoing need for services not part of the core business function, be it operations or HR management or IT support.
The Roles We Assume at work will shift.
- There will be a greater need for generalists, people who have moved across functional areas and have the intelligence, efficiency and competence to work and communicate with a range of other people and groups.
- With that said, there will also be a need for people who have deep expertise in specific areas, particularly when it comes to mission-critical areas such as security and software development and technical oversight and leadership.
An Collaborative, Consultative Leadership Style will be favored.
- Leaders who are collaborative and consultative by nature will better communicate and engage with a diverse and broad range of stakeholders.
- Leaders who are visionary and inspirational in their thoughts, words and actions will command respect and attract the best people.
There is an increased need for workers who are Strategic Thinkers with Global Experience.
- Workers will be rewarded for shifting across industries, across geographies, across roles. Their range of experience will help them better understand the business, the needs of the customer, and better perform under a range of circumstances.
- Workers who have a broad and deep network are more connected with others and more influential.
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