The Future of Work, a new report from the SHRM Foundation, is a quick study on, well, the future of work.
Everyone talks about the future of work like it’s the next scary thing coming for us after the zombies have left. And that may be true (well, not the zombie part), so this short report can help you frame what you should be concerned about.
Working with the Economist Intelligence Unit, the SHRM Foundation identified 5 trends that their research shows are impacting the world of work:
- Demographic shifts
- Loss of middle-skilled jobs
- Skills gap: disconnect between educational standards and organizational demand
- Eroding physical barriers and increased globalization
- New models of work: crowdsourcing
Taken individually, none of these trends are surprising, right? But taken together, they create a set of concerns that keep most C-suite leaders, as well as their HR colleagues, up at night.
I believe that the most impactful of the five trends is number 3: the skills gap. The growing disconnect between employer skills needs and output from the global education system is already impacting small, medium, and large employers everywhere in the world. The other four trends just make things even more challenging.
Take a look at the report. It’s a quick read and will put the whole “future of work” discussion into a helpful context.
Source: China Gorman
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China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. She is a sought-after advisor, speaker and writer bringing the CEO perspective to the challenges of building cultures of humanity for top performance and innovation. Well known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work® Institute, COO and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, China works with HCM organizations all over the world to enhance their brands and their go-to-market strategies. She sits on the corporate boards of Motivis Learning and PeopleStrong, and chairs the Universum North America board. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates as well as the Advisory Boards of Elevated Careers, the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and WorldBlu. China is the author of the popular blog Data Point Tuesday, and is published and frequently quoted in media properties like Fortune, TLNT, Huffington Post, Inc., Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, HR Magazine and many others.