It should come as no surprise to you that as a company who offer career management in Manchester, we have noticed that the world of work is continuously changing. A lot of the executive coaching that we do is to help people try and keep up with the dizzying speed of change. After all, the workplace of 2016 looks very different to that of 1966, with many workplaces hosting all the generations between working together – all of whom will have different expectations and demands from the business.
In 1966 most people’s work day lasted from 9am to 5pm and employees were valued for their specific skill sets and reliability. There were opportunities to climb the career ladder, but these were few and far between and seemed to take most people the whole of their working lives to achieve. In 2016, the norm now seems to be for people to be constantly doing a job search, changing roles and employers many times over their working lifetime. The vast amount of technology available at our fingertips has enabled us to be aware of a much wider array of opportunities when searching for new jobs.
However, despite all of this technology, many businesses seem to be stuck using old corporate structures that overlook today’s measures of success and as career management consultants we are used to working with such organisations to help them get a handle of this new way of working.
Here is a roundup of some of the ways in which the world of work has changed and how these changes impact employers:
Career Lattice Not Ladder
Career progression is no longer about steady work leading to advancement and secure employment for life as you take each step on the ladder. Nowadays, many people take sideways moves, work in different departments and take on challenging projects instead. This has also impacted on CV’s which are now more likely to be a record of achievements and skills rather than a historical list of job stability.
Long gone are the days of 9-5pm Monday – Friday ruling the world of work, to be replaced by flexible hours that allow workers to achieve a better work-life balance? Having working hours that allow for a degree of flexibility means that more dynamic employees will be able to work when they are most productive and achieve the desired outcomes, irrespective of time spent. That is not to say that 9-5 is dead – there are still many people who prefer that.
Technology is developing at a rapid speed and is having a huge impact on the way we work today. The internet not only allows us to access large amounts of information, but it also allows us to be much more flexible in the location that we work from. However, there is pressure to keep up-to-date with all this new technology and for employees to improve their digital skillset and so companies who offer the ability to cope with changes in technology are the ones who will attract the stronger candidates.
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