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My 17 Workplace Predictions For 2017

My 17 Workplace Predictions For 2017


By Roberta Matuson

Every year I create workplace predictions based on my work with clients and my uncanny ability to see what most people miss. Here are my 17 workplace predictions for the coming new year.

1. Record numbers of employees will be actively seeking new employment opportunities.

2. Mature workers will be back in vogue, as employers desperately try to fill open positions.

3. Executives will flee their companies, taking their best people with them.

4. Companies will continue to give out paltry 4% raises and then act shocked when their people depart for better offers.

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5. Companies will begin serving midnight snacks to prevent starving workers from leaving the office “early.”

6. Employees will begin to install doors in their cubicles as a last ditched attempt to create private personal space at work.

7. Organizations will continue to throw out millions of dollars on training their weakest people instead of a investing this money in transforming pretty good employees into pretty darn good employees.

8. When it comes to talent, it’s the wild, wild west out there. Talent wranglers will rule.

9. Employee engagement is dead. Long live talent magnetism.

10. Women will continue to wait until they are 100% sure they are deserving of a promotion, while their male counterparts scoop up promotions that should have been theirs.

11. New Apps encouraging employees to speak their truths will appear, making it more difficult for organizations with lousy management to attract talent.

12. Weak leaders will continue to surround themselves with weak people while strong leaders seek to hire only the best.

13. Stealing talent will become a widely acceptable business practice, just like stealing clients is no longer seen as verboten.

14. Companies will throw away millions of dollars developing strategies that will no longer be relevant in six months time.

15. 2017 will be the year of musical chairs, as employees leap from one organization to another in search of Nirvana.

16. Many employees will find themselves suddenly retired and will be seeking ways to remain relevant. Smart employers will adjust their hiring practices to mine this precious pool of talent.

17. Companies that continue to operate as if nothing has changed will no longer be around when we make our 2018 workplace predictions.

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This article was written by Roberta Matuson from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.



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