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#BizTrends2017: Employment trends in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
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The new employee
Fast networks and user friendly apps have driven a generation that has grown used to immediate results and instant gratification, a generation who chooses what they want, switches if they aren’t happy and encourages others to expect the best. For the generation entering the workspace, personal happiness and fulfilment, the freedom to be agile, and a purpose-driven life are more meaningful than enticing salaries in static positions.
We will probably be seeing a lot more flexibility demanded by employees, where they may choose to work for two or more organisations - either from completely different industries or potentially even competing in the same field – on different days of the week, while dedicating more time to a fulfilling cause or charity.
Culture will be a strategic priority
Organisations will need to adjust their mindset, moving away from ‘nine-to-five’ expectations and focusing more on creating a corporate culture of agility, mobility and collaboration. Everywhere computing means we will likely see a shift in the way employees work and the way that organisations cater for and motivate their staff. Organisations will need to ensure culture forms a critical part of their digital transformation strategy to avoid alienating staff or implementing unwelcome technology.
Technology is being used effectively and creatively to bridge the gap between businesses and their customers, but what about businesses and their employees? Increased mobility, more time spent online instead of in meetings, a more flexible workforce and more jobs being taken over by artificial intelligence (AI) devices means that organisations will need to find creative ways to maintain morale and team spirit. More organisations will explore the potential for technology to connect their people in such a way as to avoid being invasive.
More and more organisations are starting to see the benefit of building an employable and skilled workforce within our borders, from a grassroots level. Young, malleable minds are the most fertile ground for planting seeds of knowledge and agility, making for the best source of future employees from which to reap.
Many organisations are investing in skills and learning centres aimed at bringing technology to areas where access is scarce, thus paving their way to success by ensuring lack of education is not hiding tomorrow’s brightest innovators. In a rapidly changing world, our youth hold the key to unlocking the next generation technologies and trends.