Changes In The Workplace Are Accelerating: What Millennials Should Do About This And Why

Our workplaces, like every cultural institution, is constantly evolving and shifting gradually to make enough room for new establishments, ideas, and expectations.

Although you most likely will notice some of the changes as they begin to affect your carer, mostly it is up to the analysts to step back and determine exactly what changes are starting to roll out, and why and how as well.

Change is something that we all need to expect. It continues to unfold at a consistent rate as the old generations are replaced by the new generation, and old ideas end up becoming obsolete. However, in today’s world, the pace of change is not occurring at a constant rate. Instead, it is unfolding at an ever faster rate. This rate of change within today’s workplace is continuing to accelerate. If you are not prepared for this, it could impact your career dramatically.

Kinds of Changes

Dozens of potential changes could be covered, but they have a tendency to fall into one of three major categories:

Job responsibilities and types. There are multiple industries that are shifting more towards strategic and managerial roles due to the introduction of automation. For instance, it is estimated that 80% of manufacturing job loss is the result of automation.

Working requirements and conditions. We are seeing changes in working conditions overall and in the expectations of workers. For example, 43% of Americans who are employed spend at least some of their time now working from home. Also, flexible schedules have become more common. 

Cultural changes. We are also witnessing broad cultural changes, including less formality within office environments and working atmospheres that are more relaxed.

Acceleration Factors

Why are these changes accelerating so much?

Communication possibilities. The rapid rate of changes in the workplace is partly due to more efficient and improved methods of communication. Thanks to the internet’s connective potential, workers are able to use UC technology to communicate across very long distances using streaming video, texts, instant messages, and email. The technology makes it possible to find the ideal job candidates, even when they happen to live across the country. It is also forcing companies to move at even faster rates.

International diversity. As more countries emerge as major powers, with increased potential for improved international communication and international relationships that are increasingly positive, globalization is having a significant effect on the acceleration that is occurring. Globalization results in higher workplace diversity levels, and a more diverse set of prospective business partners, which open doors to more impactful, faster cultural changes. Globalization also provides workplaces with access to a higher amount of resources and that in turn drives change even more.

Machine learning and automation. For decades now, automation has been taking over jobs gradually. However, machine learning has opened the door for exponential technological growth. Tech products and algorithms are becoming so advanced that they are even able to improve themselves and that means human jobs will be replaced soon at an even more rapid rate.

Pace expectations. Another thing that is noteworthy it the fact that business owners now expect cultural change to be fast which leads to increasingly faster cultural change. Managers today anticipate an environment that is demanding reactive, fast changes, so they continue to push harder in order to make their own changes. 

Actions To Take For Your Career

It is one thing to understand the acceleration of workplace changes. However, what can you do actively in order to protect yourself from the acceleration that is taking place?

Keep up with the news. Don’t allow a new change to completely catch you off-guard. Keep up with several news outlets, including ones that are specific for your industry. The more informed that you are, the better you will be able to prepare for upcoming changes and be able to plan further in advance.

Stay open to new opportunities. Whenever changes start to manifest, don’t avoid them; instead, be open to career changes, including new responsibilities and cultural changes. The employees who will be the most successful are those who are willing to change along with the times.

Become irreplaceable. Obtain new skills to help you set yourself apart. Work hard at building your reputation. When a big change is affecting your department you don’t want to be the first one they let go.

There isn’t a lot you can do to slow the acceleration rate down in today’s workplace, and you wouldn’t want to slow it down even if you could. For the most part, change is positive even when it is ill-timed or intimidating. If the workplace is something new for you, then this is your opportunity to adapt to a new environment. If you have been in your career for years, then this is your opportunity to take full advantage of the upcoming change to your benefit.

No matter where you happen to be in your career, you have a lot to gain – as long as you are aware of what is taking place.

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