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The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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The 2020 Workplace begins by setting the stage for why the future workplace is going to be different. Advances in social technologies, shifts in demographics, and a global business environment will all affect the workplace of the future. The Millennial generation is a particular focus, since it is expected to be nearly 50% of the workforce in just four years.
In Part II, Meister and Willyerd showcase HR and Learning practices companies are using now to address those shifts. Examples include Deloitte's use of a video contest to help recruiting, internal social networks for collaborative communication at Cerner, several examples of mentoring and microfeedback, and leadership development at Cisco. Part III includes 20 predictions for 2020, such as electing your own leader, and concludes with advice on how to prepare for 2020.
In addition to substantial references to existing material, the authors conducted their own study of over 2200 employees around the world, and their research is presented in an accessible and engaging manner.Read more ›
Rich with statistical data and analyses, the information provided bolsters Meister's and Willyerd's (2010) position. Suggesting the work climate has and will continue to change; they mention the specifics of where and how one works will no longer matter provided results are delivered. Central to their argument is that of shifting demographics resulting in a "significant number of workers over 40 comprising the work force", "more women entering and staying in the work force" and "Latinos composition is expected to double to 30% of the US population by 2050" (Meister & Willyerd, 2010, p. 16).
Meister and Willyerd (2010), initially discuss a new type of worker necessary to compete in the future suggesting a "rise in a new segment of workers requiring "tacit skills such as problem solving, judgment, listening, data analysis, relationship building, and collaborating and communication with co-workers" will be needed (p. 20); however, much of their discussion is centered on the Millennial generation. Although an outcry of the "Knowledge Economy", what begins as a conversation about a new breed of employee quickly becomes focused on the generations and the Millennials. While aspects of the ten forces speak to the youngest generation in the workplace - the Millennials - it is as if to say this is the only generation that really matters.Read more ›
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I suppose I expected too much. Not a bad book, yet it needs updating even though it's discussing the future.Published 20 months ago by Dr. R. D. B. Laime
I am a recruiter and I buy this book for all of my new client companies. Clear guidance in a changing world. This stands up to the test of time.Published 20 months ago by Lynn Ingham
The rapidity of change for our workplace and it's employees that has occurred, and has yet to occur is mind boggling! Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by tlvj
This book is really well-researched and clearly structured. I heard about it from some ASTD colleagues. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Robert Stocking