The Evolving Workplace

December 13, 2018 Samantha Panitch

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The workplace continues to evolve and with that comes change that employees should be ready for. It can be difficult to keep up with the changes in work and understanding what they mean for you. Let’s look into five trends that we anticipate for the New Year. How will you take advantage of them to further your career?

Thriving Gig Economy

The gig economy is by no means a new concept, but it’s become much more popular in the past decade. Emergent Research predicts that “the number of people working on-demand [gig] jobs will grow from 3.9 million Americans in 2016 to 9.2 million by 2021.” The gig economy makes it easier for workers to find short term work, allowing them the opportunity to work a variety of jobs. Among many other benefits of the gig economy, workers can build a network of skills through participating a number of jobs. When your skill set grows, the types of jobs you’re prepared for expand.

Everything’s Digital

Digital advancements are one of the reasons the gig economy has taken off. Due to developments in mobile technology, companies are finding new ways to communicate with workers. It is now common for apps to work as a middleman between companies and prospective employees, providing another channel for people to find work.  JobStack is one of these app-based tech solutions that makes it easy finding the work you want, when you want it…all from your phone.

AI is here…but not replacing the Employee

Technological advances are occurring at rapid rates – but that’s no cause for concern when it comes to job security. While robots and machines will become more prevalent in the workplace, they’re not about to replace everyone’s jobs. Instead of taking over entirely, they may provide a host of new job opportunities. Workers will work side by side with these new technologies in new and adapted roles. People will be wise to develop their skills around the needs in these new roles. Despite the technological shifts impacting the world of work, the importance of soft skills are important as ever. Hard work, compassion, being dependable, and having strong communication skills are human elements that a machine can’t replicate.

Continued Learning is Essential

Due to the changing nature of jobs, upskilling is key for workers wanting to remain relevant. Upskilling is the idea of adapting and learning skills you will need to contribute further to your work. As roles and responsibilities for different roles evolve, workers will want to keep pace and take the time to enhance their skillsets needed for the types of positions they strive for. A great way to begin the upskilling process is to speak with your employer and learn what qualities they appreciate in a successful worker and the skills needed to move up.

While some changes are unseen, you now have a better idea of to expect in the working world. Find your stride by beginning to find new opportunities for work through JobStack.

Start your New Year one step ahead.

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About the Author

Samantha Panitch is an Associate Marketing Manager at PeopleReady, with a focus on JobStack, PeopleReady’s app-based flexible workforce solution. She has a BA in Communications from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from DePaul. When she’s not working, you can find Sam cheering on any and all Chicago sports teams, checking out different restaurants, or attempting a new recipe in her kitchen.

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