4 Ways The World of Work Has Changed and How You Can Change With It

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The world of work has changed drastically in the past 10-20 years. The jobs available and the way work is done has shifted in the past decade alone. From the job search process to the dynamics of the workplace and the jobs themselves. It’s no secret that technological advancements have played a large role in this. From easy online applying and screening practices to the creation of the virtual workplace, technology has been lending itself to the creation of new jobs. So, how has the world of work changed in the past few years?

The Introduction of Gig Economy/Freelancing

The traditional 8-hour work day is slowly phasing out as Gig Economy and Freelancing have been on the rise. More and more people are shifting towards NextGen work. You no longer have to work a full-time, permanent position to earn a decent living. This is a big change from the workforce in preceding generations. To learn more about Gig Economy, read our article: (insert gig article).

Collaborative Technologies and Desire For Flexibility

There is a larger desire for flexibility in today’s workforce than there was years ago. In today’s workforce, people are working for longer and retiring later. As a result, newer generations are more focused on work-life balancing or blending than preceding generations. Additionally, the modern workplace has gone digital which allows for that flexibility. Technology has made it possible for workers to “work on the go” or work from home. In turn, it is possible for employers to employ talent from anywhere in the country.

“Job-Hopping” Is The New Norm

The resume of the average worker is much more diverse than it was 10 years ago. In the past, workers typically stayed at one job for a long period of time. Career advancement was achieved internally by a promotion, but today, workers will look for growth opportunities outside of their current employment and sometimes even field of work. Today, “job-hopping” is not a sign of instability, but a means of staying skilled and gaining new knowledge and experiences in the workforce.

Higher Demand For New Skills

The skills revolution has called for a higher demand of skilled workers in the workforce. New skills are appearing rapidly in the world of work. Today’s workforce has become survival of the fittest. Employees must keep up with the ever-changing world of work. Consistent upskilling is the only way to do this. Life-long learning has become an important factor in making it in the workforce of today. Employees must develop the skills to fill the gap to remain employable. To learn more about skill development and the skill gap, check out our article: The Skills Gap is Real and Here’s What Employers and Employees Should Be Doing About It.

So, how can you make sure you are staying up-to-date in the ever-changing world of work? Never stop learning. Life-long learning plays a large role in staying relevant and competitive in the work force. Consistent skill development and skills training throughout the duration of your career will keep you up-to-date in the work force and provide career security. Manpower’s PowerYou offers free skills and job training for all Manpower clients and associates. Our program offers opportunities to help you stay current through skills development, education and training.

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