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The Changing Workplace

Image  A very good friend posted an article on one of my social network sites, explaining how the 21st century workplace is changing, evolving, and how very different it is, not just to the workplace that our parents had, but to the workplace that Generation X’ers experienced when they started working. There are numerous reasons for this, amongst them: technological advancement; the entrance of Gen Y into the workforce, and the influence that I believe they are having on Gen X.


It was once seen as bad to have more than three employers on a CV. Fast forward to the 21st Century and Gen Y’ers are moving around: they look to remain at a company for as long as they believe they are developing and learning. It is becoming a positive thing to see change in a CV – this shows desire and ambition. Gaps are no longer a bad thing either – it is now good to see periods of travel, to have written a book, or gone on a three month safari taking photographs. According to the article, not just Gen Y, but USA workers in general remain in the same job, on average, for less than four and a half years. Things have changed since the age of the baby boomers.


We are beginning to see trends in the 21st century workplace, which depending on the country, have either arrived, or will come along:


-Flexible work patterns and an increase in shorter term project based contracts. As a result, an increase in the number of contingent workers. Is this necessarily a bad thing? Flexible working could be a benefit for people able to negotiate when and how much they work.


-Technological advances – the worker is always switched on and is able to access the workplace anytime, anywhere. Whether or not this is a good thing is open to another debate. With the introduction of cloud based storage and virtual meeting tools, the need for companies to spend a fortune on expensive business trips is reduced. Technology is also reducing the need to even come in to the office (telecommuting is increasing), although as I blogged previously, some companies, Yahoo amongst them, have begun doubting the effectiveness of employees not meeting physically (see:


The workplace is evolving. This will affect our careers, and it will affect the job search strategies that companies execute.



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February 20, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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