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The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan

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Chapter 1The Five Trends Shaping the World of Work

Before examining anything around the future of work it's important to look at some of the key trends we are seeing today and how they are impacting the future of work. There are dozens of trends and shifts that are happening, but I have included in Figure 1.1 what I believe to be the most relevant and impactful to the world of work.

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Figure 1.1 The Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

As you can see in Figure 1.1 the five trends shaping the future of work are:

  1. New behaviors
  2. Technology
  3. Millennials
  4. Mobility
  5. Globalization

Let's take a look at each one in more detail to see how these trends are actually impacting the future of work.

New Behaviors Being Shaped by Social Technologies That Are Entering Our Organizations

Within the past 5 to 10 years we have seen a dramatic shift in our behavior. We share our company history and resumes on LinkedIn, we write blogs for the world to read on WordPress, we build communities and connect with people on Facebook, we search for and review companies on Yelp, we tell people where we are on Foursquare, and we can instantly find anything we are looking for on Google. These are new behaviors shaped by new technologies. If someone told you 10 years ago that you would be sharing so much information about yourself online for the world to see, you'd probably tell them that they were crazy. Yet ...

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