The New Workforce: Five Sweeping Trends That Will Shape Your Company's Future

The New Workforce: Five Sweeping Trends That Will Shape Your Company's Future

The New Workforce: Five Sweeping Trends That Will Shape Your Company's Future

The New Workforce: Five Sweeping Trends That Will Shape Your Company's Future

Synopsis

Today's workplace is already a tapestry comprising people of countless different backgrounds, ethnicities, age groups, regions, and more. But that diversity is just the beginning of a radical shift in the makeup-and requirements-of tomorrow's workforce. The New Workforce gives you a clear picture of the rapid changes now underway-along with the steps required to attract and retain motivated, loyal, and productive employees. Based on a wealth of statistics, research, interviews, and firsthand experience, the book pinpoints five sweeping trends: • An increasingly aging yet active population: Lifestyle changes and medical advances are keeping people alive and fit into their 90s; financial pressures and personal desire are keeping them working as well. Companies that can harness the power of these experienced and skilled employees will reap concrete financial benefits. • The decline of the nuclear family and the rise of alternative households: Once considered the unshakable norm, the traditional nuclear family now represents only a small fraction of households. Today's workforce increasingly consists of female heads of households, same-sex partners, stay-at-home dads, dual-income families, unmarried couples, and other arrangements. And the benefits programs required to support and retain them are quickly evolving to make flexibility a key component. • Four generations working side by side-with a fifth on the way: The Silent Generation, the Baby Boomers, Generation X, the Baby Boom Echo, and the newest entrants to the world-the Millennium Generation.... Each has competing needs, values, expectations, and working styles. Smart companies will mine the wisdom and experience of their older employees with the energy and stamina of the younger ones to create a powerful multi-generational workforce. • A workplace that is growing more diverse and more blended: Whether it's race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, the workforce is growing more diverse at a faster rate than ever before. Truly successful companies won't just tolerate diversity; they will accept and respect their workforce in a blender. • The need for a "higher purpose' in the workplace: A paycheck is not the only thing that employees want. Studies show that they also seeka spiritual component, which includes personal growth, balance, and meaningful purpose. Organizations that champion trust, individual respect, and ethical conduct will build committed workforces and creative thinkers. In addition to mapping the path from current needs to future requirements, The New Workforce supplies powerful ideas for radically revamping HR policies, recruiting efforts, compensation and benefits, and learning and training, including advice on: flexible scheduling in-house medical support double family leave telecommuting literacy tutoring sabbatical programs digital matching aptitude testing total-rewards strategies mentoring up and much more. The New Workforce is indispensable for human resources professionals, managers and executives, and entrepreneurs. It's an all-in-one resource for peering into the immediate future and preparing for the rapidly changing face of tomorrow's workforce." "

Excerpt

As a futurist, you can be fascinating at a cocktail party. Instead of dropping names, you drop facts and figures: We are expected to live well into our 100s; the average age for young adults to marry in America is 30; the single male head of household is the fastest growing demographic group; and the University of Minnesota was able to grow an eyeball on a tadpole that eventually may help the sightless see.

This is not just science fiction; this is our future. It is also intriguing and fun. My path to the future came about quite serendipitously. in celebration of our company’s 25th anniversary, we hosted an event for our clients featuring renowned futurists, Edie Weiner and Arnold Brown, as the keynote speakers. the event was a rousing success, but beyond that, I found that the “future” bug had bitten me. I have been in the field of human resources for thirty years—in the corporate world, as a consultant, and as a public speaker. Immediately following our event, I began to add the title “futurist” to my resume. There are two reasons why. One, it is very heady and interesting stuff. Two, it is extremely useful in business.

A futurist’s job is to collect research, evaluate the findings, and spot recurring themes that indicate a trend. These trends provide thoughtprovoking insights that can guide businesses toward smarter decisions. As we struggle with the here and now, the most powerful tool at our disposal can be strategic thinking about the future. I have found the combination of futurist and hr professional to be particularly relevant. Over and over again, in my research and interviews as well as in daily business dealings, I keep hearing that “our people are our most important asset and will be even . . .

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