We’re living longer these days, which is a good thing. With added longevity, we may be working longer by choice or necessity. So, what does it take to be “employed for life”? The following Q&A from my interview with Grace Trafton of “The Better Part”, you will find out about this pertinent topic presented here on the Examiner, in four parts.
Dr Tracey Wilen is a Thought Leader, Global Speaker, Media contributor and the author of 11 books. Her latest book, Employed for Life, is a 360 degree look at employment and careers in the 21st Century. In writing this book, Dr Wilen conducted extensive research with Human Resource Executives, recruiters, hiring managers and employees on what is required to be employed and employable for life.
GT- What do leading HR executives have to say on the subject of modern day talent management?
TW- Today the concern is about talent and the new requirements in a digital age.
· The need for a loyal worker has been replaced by the Entrepreneurial employee –someone who can grow, add value and innovate the firm’s business like a CEO in a dynamic environment.
· The definition of an “A” player- has broadened from a diligent generalist or specialist to a T person (transdiciplinarity) a person who has it all- breadth, depth and technology.
· Making your manager look good is replaced with how your strong personal brand can help the firm’s brand look good. Today employees are the touch points of the firm’s business in all functional areas sales, partnerships, vendors so personal brand matters.
· The All-star Individual who can catch and dive has evolved to the All-star Team player who can create group success.
GT- How does globalization impact work and employees?
TW- Businesses today can be instantly global. For example you can open a storefront on EBay and Etsy and transact in foreign currency in under an hour. This is an exciting change from the past where global business meant exports only.
At the same time globalization also means a flatter labor pool. For example you can go to a talent marketplace like freelancer.com or Elance.com and find skilled workers for a variety of tasks for $2 an hour - writing, editing, data analyses, video production etc.
GT- With globalization comes diversity. How has increased diversity added to the complexity of the workplace?
TW- Today we have 3 generations the workforce, some firms have 4. This is a change from the past where most people entered the workforce at the same age, progressed through work at the same pace and exited at the same age. In the future will likely have 5 generations in the workforce as people desire to work into their 80’s and some starting as early as their teens. This bring a variety of challenges in technology usage, generation expectations and differences that must be reconciled at work.
Stay tuned for Part II, Posting on August 6th
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Host: Grace Trafton, “The Better Place” KMVT TV