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A Peak at The Future

Tuesday, September 8, 2009  at 4:52 PM
Some predictions for the workplace. Those of you who know me, know that I love to follow trends. One futurist I follow is Joyce Gioia of the Herman Group.

The Herman Group specializes in employee retention and offer a free weekly eNewsletter that I subscribe to.

Here are several of her observations:

“A stronger influence of women in societal leadership positions will shift our cultural orientation from confrontation and competition to more cooperation and collaboration.

Women who are acculturated to build and nurture relationships will be more successful than the traditional males who have been taught to compete and ‘win at all costs.’

In the longer term, the need for human-to-human interaction will reassert itself.
We anticipate a rebellion against voice mail and e-mail used as screens, excuses for people to actually communicate with each other.

New career designs will emerge as people change jobs and occupations every two to four years. Mid-career retirements, also known as sabbaticals, will replace the end-of-career retirement for a large percentage of workers. An increasing number of people will work from home, operating their own businesses, tele-commuting, or under contract to one or more employers. Geographic distance between employer and worker will become much less important.”

1 comment:

tammy vitale said...

I changed jobs every 2 years of my working for others life. Here's my take on this lovely piece: I wish it were true. Unfortunately, the corporate world lags behind and many of the women there take on male characteristics of confrontation because they think they must. Things simply have not changed that much in the last 40 years...doesn't mean they won't, just means I think this is a bit of pie in the sky. The way women can change the corporate culture is to disengage and have their own businesses, and stop following all of the MBA gurus.