These forecasts were prepared by Roger Herman and
Joyce Gioia, professional members of The World Future Society and
principals of The Herman Group, Consulting Futurists, in Greensboro,
1. There will be an unprecedented churning in the
labor marketplace beginning mid-year.
2. In the short term, more people will look for work
in the public sector, seeking job security in the civil service
3. The informalization of the workplace will continue.
The trend that began with "casual dress" Fridays will take us to
informal work relationships and family room furniture in office
4. More workers will become independent contractors,
selling their services to employers on a project or set-term basis.
This movement will expand the work of staffing firms who will represent
5. Many employers that have treated employees badly
with their layoff policies will be in serious trouble. More workers
will leave, laid-off employees won't return, and fewer applicants
will choose to work there.
6. Workers who are fortunate enough to have found
their preferred work environment will tend to stay longer. Others
will change jobs more frequently in their search for their employer
7. Corporate training and education will enjoy a resurgence
as employees urge the support of employers in their pursuit of growth
and skill acquisition.
8. Portable benefits will come into vogue, with employees
negotiating individualized plans as part of their personalized compensation
9. Fewer people will retire completely. Retirees will
move into jobs in other fields, will start their own businesses,
and engage in other activities to remain active and productive.
10. Increases in telecommuting will inspire substantial
changes in where and how companies do business. Both space allocation
and management styles will shift dramatically.
For additional information on any of these forecasts,
just give us a call. The Herman Group is a firm of consulting futurists
concentrating on workforce and workplace trends. www.hermangroup.com.
Contact Roger Herman or Joyce Gioia (joy-yah) at (336) 282-9370.