Workplace Trends

Workplace Trends - The Future of Work

Source: ASTD: Trends you need to know. By Karen Colteryahn and Patty Davis

Workplace Trends
Uncertain economic conditions are causing organizations to rethink how to grow and be profitable. It will take more focus on people and creativity to get organizations to the next level. Our profession is at risk if we don't learn how to help organizations create and innovate. Learning and performance professionals who do that will be the heroes.
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Blurred Life-Work lines: Changes include streamlining structure and becoming more flexible, networked, flat, diverse, and virtual - a blurring of lines between work and home, and where and when work occurs. More employees are telecommuting full- or part-time. People want to be living while they're working, not just working for a living.

"Outsourcing is more commonplace for functions not considered core to the business. In some cases, that means human resource operations. BP is just one of hundreds of global corporations singing the praises of business-process outsourcing (BPO), in which entire business tasks - such as human resources, accounting, and claims processing - are outsource. Some companies want to offload learning. According to Michael Brennan, corporate learning program manager for industry analyst IDC, corporate executives rate training as the function they'd most likely outsource - ahead of sales and marketing, HR, finance, and accounting."
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Globalization - shrinking world: Communication and information sharing are occurring across the globe in multiple languages and multiple cultures. Global competition is making way for global cooperation.
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Workplace Diversity: A more diverse workforce means accommodating new attitudes, lifestyles, values, and motivations. Diversity in the workplace will continue to increase. Diversity in the workplace will continue to increase.
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Accelerated rate of Change:According to some sources, the rate of change is doubling every 10 years. During this time the speed of information processing has increased significantly. With its "Role of the Manager@IBM" program, IBM is combining e-learning, in-person workshops, and management communities in a four-tiered approach to address not just the individual and the team, but also the entire organization.

Siemens AG's Computed Tomography division in Forchheim, Germany, has implemented process improvement initiatives that have shortened delivery time from 22 weeks to two weeks, cut processing times 76 percent, reduced inventory 40 percent, and improved delivery reliability from 80 percent to 99 percent.
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Heightened Security Awareness:Concern over travel for business purposes is resulting in the increased use of alternate forms of communication such as teleconferencing, videoconferencing, and Web seminars. Indeed, times are changing and require new thinking. Impact of technology Technological advances are transforming the way we work and live. Technology has become more than just a useful tool; it is becoming a way of life and has helped organizations achieve incredible market efficiencies.
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Technological advances are affecting the way that work is done and how, when, and where learning occurs.
Workplace Trends Ethics:The ethical bar has been raised. Ethical dilemmas are affecting employees' loyalty, trust, and sense of security.
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