It may be terrifying for those caught in the vortex between the old and the
new way of work. Most professionals earned the right degrees, responded to
the demands of their professions, learned the intricacies of their industries
and were rewarded under the old system. It feels like a massive betrayal that
an entire system is falling away.
The truth is that the cube was moved in part by a new breed of professional.
They are skilled and passionate global workers who want the freedom to choose
the type of work, rather than choosing a job based on its proximity to their
homes. Rather than being hindered by location, they are able to compete based
on talent and passion. While most of us were sleeping, they unknowingly
leveraged cloud and mobile technology and created the New World of Work. And
it was their passion for work, rather than some indiscreet evil force, that
Thereʼs a popular childrenʼs book called Whereʼs Waldo, in which the lead
character - with his signature red-and-white striped shirt and somewhat goofy
expression - is obscured by various collections of people and things. Heʼs
hidden, but in plain sight (if youʼll excuse the oxymoron) and itʼs the
young readerʼs task to locate him in every illustration. By the end of the
book, children become adept at locating the enigmatic Waldo in a glance.
We can only hope that this instructional parable reminds us of how sometimes
the simplest truth can be obstructed by our need to make things complex. And
so it is with the new world of work. If you want to know where the jobs are,
hereʼs a hint: Theyʼre in plain sight.
You might call this new, adult game Whereʼs the Work. And the stakes
couldnʼt be higher.
The Case of the Disappearing Jobs - Or Not
In listening to politicians a... (more)
Technology is advancing all around us. From our TVs that we use in our homes
to the smart phones we ever so mindlessly use on a day-to-day basis, and
they're becoming more and more connected to each other too. Technological
advancement and connectivity are driving forces in businesses large and
small; minimizing costs and effort, and maximizing productivity. Here are
just a few of the newest ways in which technology is advancing business.
Moore's Law states that processing speeds will double every two years, and
that the number of transistors on an affordable CPU would also double every
two years, but what if we moved away from transistors and advanced into
memristors? Originally envisioned by Leon Chua in 1971, the idea is that
memristors would be able to store information, even with power loss. HP has
announced that they plan to use this techn... (more)
Even with the Labor Department's announcement of over 163,000 jobs being
added to payrolls in July, which is a very small step in the right direction,
there is a high unemployment rate, and paradoxically, a qualified candidate
shortage. Even with more than eight percent of the labor force being
unemployed, and almost double that being underemployed, large companies still
have trouble finding quality candidates for their open positions.
Of course, each industry has been affected differently by the recession and
the unemployment rate is not uniform along them. But, overall, most large
companies in the fields of technology, medicine, retail, entertainment,
finance, and insurance are having difficulty finding qualified candidates to
fill job openings. The lack of quality talent leads to job openings not being
filled for an extensive period of time and therefore greater l... (more)