It’s right around the corner, but are you ready? For the past three years, Dan Schawbel, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success,” and contributing author to Forbes & Inc. has put together a top 10 list of workplace trends. He bases these reports on numerous industry-related surveys and research. Here are the highlights of what he thinks is in store for 2015:
1. Generation Z is ripe for internships. The oldest Generation Z-er will be a college senior in 2015 and companies are after them. He says this is happening for two reasons: companies are trying to close the skills gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and they are competing for and building their brand awareness for the best talent right out of the gate.
2. More Yers are becoming leaders. A few years ago, PayScale.com reported that nearly 13% of all millennials in America were managers already. That number is expected to grow in 2015. However, these newbies are not always ready to take on the role, but are being pushed to take them because companies are losing older workers quickly.
3. Companies are seeking honesty. Soft skills seem to be on the rise. More and more companies are working to be transparent. Why? The younger generations are demanding it.
4. A gaping hole. The skills gap continues to widen because curriculum is not yet well aligned with the workplace. Companies need to start working with colleges so that students get the necessary skills to fill the gap.
5. Playing musical chairs. Job hopping continues to run amok because technology has made it possible. As a result, retention is a major concern. Creating a workplace culture where employees want to be is key.
6. On the move. We are a mobile nation and mobile recruiting and job seeking is on the rise. Companies need to optimize their websites, create mobile applications and promote opportunities from anywhere at any time.
7. Getting social. We will start seeing more social media updates and blog posts. To stand out as an employer, companies will need to start posting more work-culture related posts and leveraging their employees to share them. Today’s employees want something that is “real” not planned.
8. Succession planning. Boomers are retiring. Companies are trying to hold onto older workers so they can transfer knowledge to younger ones.
9. Women rule. With trends such as couples not having children, fewer marriages taking place, and more women attending college, female leadership is on the rise.
10. A different path. More people are stepping out of traditional career paths. Every year we are going to see even more freelancers, both out of choice and out of necessity. Companies are looking to hire more temp workers and consultants because it’s cheaper and they don’t have to pay them benefits.
What’s your plan for landing the cream of the crop?