Even as recently as my parents’ generation the thinking was that you found yourself a good company, put in your 30 years, and retired. Then the internet went boom. Say goodbye to the worker of yesterday.
Social media crept into every facet of our lives. Big data changed the way the thought. A whole new generation of tech-savvy employees forced us to adapt. The mix of old and new has changed the face of 21st century workforce. The staff at workintelligent.ly/ put together a list of 5 types of workers in today's market.
Hate 'em or love 'em, millenials are here to stay. Arguably the laziest generation in, well, generations, millenials also have the vision and necessary technology skills from hours of texts and tweets to keep up with the changing world. Basically raised in a digital world, millenials, perhaps more than any other group, are fully prepared to deal with unsteady marketplace that we call the economy.
The labor demanded today no longer requires workers to sit at a desk from 9 to 5. Instead, the virtual world can be accessed from desk chair or arm chair. "Nearly 30 percent of employees are what Forrester Research calls 'anytime, anywhere workers' - those who work from multiple locations with multiple apps and devices." The change from from physical to virtual world is revolutionizing how work is done, all from your fingertip.
With the roller-coaster economy keeping businesses on their toes, entrepreneur hopefuls are finding it less and less likely to break out on their own. Instead, they are choosing the be an 'intrapreneur', or someone who "behaves like an entrepreneur within the confines of their existing role". These workers offer a world of vision for their companies.
Big Data Analysts
Seemingly innocent, these 'geeks' access every aspect of your life, all with your permission. Big money is being made with big data, all while online users perform their normal, every-day functions. The number-crunching available today is unlike anything ever before imagined. Business can make projections in remarkable ways. Those who can analyze, explain and predict market behaviors will have job security far longer than those who can't.
I couldn't possibly leave out the old timers. Although trapped in the glass prison of 1985, these 'veterans' of the work force offer something no other employee can - experience. Despite the changes made in the marketplace of the 21st century, decisions still must be made. These decisions are not easy, yet the time-tested principles that have made companies great historically are still applicable today. This is where the vets come in. They have seen the past, know how it worked, and can intertwine modern technology with a little 'old-school' business.
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