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20/20 Vision: The Top Workforce Trends in 2020

Source | LinkedIn | Sue Bhatia | Founder and Chairwoman

As I write this, I’m sitting at the desk in my office on a cold, sunny day at the dawn of a new year (and a new decade!). I’ve been thinking about the changes that 2019 brought. It seems as if the year came and went in a flash of light, bringing with it many learning experiences I relished and many exceptional wins that my team accomplished. Looking back is helpful to assess where we have come from and where we’re heading.

As a leader of a total talent solutions firm, I look at the hiring trends that are occurring and how the changing world of work may affect the contingent workforce. As I’ve written in prior blogs, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and all the technological changes it’s bringing to the world of work will be the driving force that shapes the next decade. By the end of the 2020s, the business world will be remarkably different from the way it appears today.

It’s crucial for businesses, whether Fortune 500 corporations or family-owned small businesses, to be aware of the trends that may shape the next decade. I’ve made some predictions below, based on my research and conversations I’ve had with other leaders. These trends will continue to build momentum in 2020 and beyond.

To stay ahead of the changes taking place, businesses should make plans to address these issues or they will become relics of a previous era. A strong business needs to have 20/20 vision: a clear, focused, highly perceptive view of both the present and the future that is on its way.

As we head toward the next decade, here are my predictions for the top ten workforce trends in 2020:

  • Artificial Intelligence: An increasing amount of responsibilities will become automated across many roles in numerous industries. While you might not necessarily have robots for co-workers, you’ll find companies employing AI to solve workflow issues, streamlining work tasks and solving time management issues. Workers will become more productive and companies will be able to scale up easier than ever before. Many jobs will become obsolete so workers need to begin preparing for these shifts in the workplace by upskilling and/or reskilling.

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