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8 Ways the Workforce Will Change in 2020, According to Business Leaders

The new decade may bring some major shifts to traditional workforce trends

Source | | By Young Entrepreneur Council

In the last decade, the workforce has changed in ways many business professionals never could have imagined. The ubiquity of smart devices and internet connectivity means that more companies than ever are hiring from a national, and even global, talent pool, as people can do their jobs from anywhere in the world. Rapidly-changing technologies have also revolutionized certain outdated hiring processes and HR functions, leading to a workforce that’s simultaneously distributed and constantly connected.

As we approach the new year (and the new decade), many leaders are speculating on what might change about the current workforce and how we think of employment. We asked a panel of entrepreneurs to share their top predictions for the way work will look in 2020 and beyond. Here are the things they believe will change, and whether they see them as positive or negative transitions.

More remote work options

As technology and industries change and evolve, more people have the capability of working from home or off-site — and employees will want that flexibility, says Leila Lewis, founder and CEO of Be Inspired PR.

“If companies want to stay competitive with attracting the most skilled candidate for a job, working remotely, at least part-time, will have to become a necessary part of the employee package,” Lewis adds.

Greater dependence on technology

Technology has become an essential component of virtually every single business. Bryce Welker, CEO of Accounting Institute of Success, believes technology will become even more deeply embedded in business processes and work duties, especially for younger workers.

“Generation Z has only lived in a world dominated by technology,” says Welker. “As a result, they will approach tech as a native, but will also suffer when faced with non-tech related work duties.”

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