Trends Shaping our Emerging Workforce
By: Chris Carlson
Has the recent down turn allowed us to ignore the inevitable?
Retaining the right employees and keeping them engaged while
cutting the fat takes strategy, communication, execution and
more communication. No matter what industry or how many
employees you have, the impact of the emerging workforce and new
regulations will affect you, if it already hasn’t. Every aspect
of HR from recruiting, benefits, to time off will need to be
Generational differences, diversity, and employee rights need to
be considered. Like it or not we have four generations working
side by side. Boomers are hitting 60+ and their children
entering the workforce have a new set of expectations or more
accurately stated a new set of demands.
Typical families are not so typical today - from same sex
partners to Mr. Moms, top employers are more open to alternative
life styles. Our growing “melting pot” with new communication,
shifting demographics, and political correctness requires some
All conversations and research reinforce the belief that
successful companies will treat their most important assets -
their employees - not as inventory or a line item of expense,
subject to cut backs and right sizing but as a wealth of
potential, worthy of care and respect. The good news is that
these are basic fundamentals of any successful team / company.
Could we actually be more productive with a happier, more
balanced workforce? There are many companies ranging from all
sizes and industries that have already proven this to be true.
Share your workforce success stories and pitfalls with trusted
advisors, customers, and vendors. It is a good step to take to
get or stay ahead of your competitors.
To learn more about the trends in our emerging workforce, check
out this recommended read:
The New Workforce: Five Sweeping Trends That Will Shape Your
Company’s Future by Harriet Hankin