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Workforce Readiness

    Trending the workforce is a full-time job for HR Practioners in this day and age.  NASHRM hopes this section jumpstarts your knowledge with the need for resources and trends.  The best way to eat the proverbial workforce elephant is to break it down into one bite at a time, starting with the 5W’s (Who, What, Where, When, and Why).

    Who is the workforce today?  Men and women with varied backgrounds create diverse cultures and environments.   Other ethnicities like the Hispanic community are growing by leaps and bounds.  According the DOL, shifts in the ethnic composition of the workforce will continue the patterns of recent decades. Immigrants will account for as much as half of net population growth over the next decades.

    And women are outpacing men.  “They say it is a man's world, but perhaps not for much longer as up to one billion women are expected to enter the workplace in the next decade, according to the latest survey from Booz and Co. on women in the workplace.” 

    As if that is not shocking enough, Bruce Tulgen says that the Generational issues in the workplace have never been more pressing, nor have they been more complex. 

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    What are the new trends?  You can Google “Workforce Trends” and find as many options as you like.  But, if you are HR in a hurry, feel free to piggy back off of my favorite sites.  I found the links below to be very indicative of changing times around home offices, entrepreneurship, internal hiring, freelancing, generation change-ups, employee engagement, upcoming careers, and so much more. 

    For example, according to NBC News, “America isn't just the "land of the free" any more. We’re rapidly becoming the land of the freelancer.”  Longevity moves toward brevity and as Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown famously observed, “No one I know has a job anymore. They've got gigs.”


    Catch the latest trends here:

    Where is the workforce?  Everywhere.  Nationally.  Internationally.  Virtually.  More businesses are going global and virtual.  Cost savings and flexibility generate all the motivating factors need for work-at-home or work-around-the-world employees.  According to CareerMinds, 3.1 million professionals work full-time from home and 79% of professionals want to work from home.  But, can they be successful?  Read on for more…

    When will the boomers move out of the market and spark the talent war again?  Soon.  As soon as next year according to Dan Schawbel but until then we are back to performance management and the globoforce.  According to SHRM and Lance Richards, “Our businesses have changed dramatically over the last 10 years,” he added. “Talent supply chains have changed so dramatically that we can’t think short term anymore.”

    In 1999, management and consulting firm McKinsey released a report that said the war for talent would continue for the next 50 years, Richards pointed out. “But in my opinion it’s already over. Talent won; we lost. We as employers are battling against some dire demographic trends.”

    Why should HR care?  One reason only – Talent Management.  Talented people build profitable organizations.  Are you ready to compete for the talent your organization needs?  If not, visit the SHRM link below for innovative ideas and research: