Themodern organization, economy, and demographics of society mean that theworkplace today and in the future is very different from that of 10, 15, ormore years in the past. Organizations are hiring younger people to bring anewer feel to the company. Jobs are harder to find due to being highlycompetitive. People are retiring later for both good and bad reasons. Work isslowly moving online and it isn’t waiting for anyone. It is becoming harder tofind jobs that pay well and offer good benefits.
It is time to adapt and thrivein this new environment.I personally witnessed Searslaying off older employees and hiring younger kids trying to change the face ofthe company or at least make them look refreshed. At Sears, they started to layoff the older employees despite being with the company for quite a few years.
They began to hire younger employees who did not stick around for too long dueto the poor working environments and workloads for such little pay. These daysif you are not in a union or public sector, the career you want to peruse couldbe disappearing or already may have. People are coming out of post-secondary onlyto realize that long term employment is very difficult to find.
I have noticed thatjob changes are becoming much more frequent. I, being a 17 year old, have had twojobs and my sister being 20, has also had two as well. My uncle who has notreached his late 30’s yet has had 5-6 jobs not including the ones he worksright now. That says quite a bit.
He currently is working three jobs and works90-100 hours a week only getting 1-2 hours of sleep sometimes just to supporthis “young” family. My mom had been working at sears for almost 11 years whilemy dad has been working at Safran Messier Bugatti Dowty for almost 30 years! Itis so much harder my uncle says to find a full time job than a part time job. Itis even harder for people who are coming from other underdeveloped countriessince their high school education does not count in Canada and even the post-secondaryeducation that they have done does not count.In recent years, retirement has stabilized and people areretiring at a later age. Now, the average retirement age is close to 70. One reason the retirement age is being pushed back is thatthe style of work has changed, for many people there are a lot more office jobsthan it used to be. We are living longer aswell as healthier lives, which means some people might want to work longer. Canadiansare making sure they have a comfortable retirement and are investing in theirretirement savings.
Many families had thought that when their kids were older,they would have fewer expenses and would be able to start saving more forretirement, but it may not always happen the way you planned it. Skip a coupleyears ahead to their kids’ teenage years and parents may find out that theyhave not even started yet with the major financial demands of their kids with newelectronics, some of the latest clothes, or maybe even a car with expensiveinsurance and gas just to add on top of that. Also all those costs are on topof the tuition and other post-secondary education expenses. After years of decline, working longerin life is making a comeback.
A survey showed that 40% of people age 55 and upstill work. The numbers haven’t been this high since the 1960’s. In the last 10years, workers who are aged 55 and up have accounted for virtually allworkforce growth.
According to the Governmentof Canada job market trends, full time job vacancies increased roughly by54,000, whereas part time jobs increased about 14,000 on a yearly basis. Theoverall hourly wage did not change from the $19.50 pay throughout the country.During this period, the much improved labor market conditions are thought to bebecause of several labor market indicators. According to the Labor ForceSurvey, Canada’s job openings have increased at quiet a noticeable rate ofchange since 2016 and the unemployment number has continued to decline. Comparing Q1 of 2017 to 2016, the number ofjob openings has increased by 18.
8% in Canada, along with the job opening rate,which rose 0.4%. These quarterly increases could partially reflect seasonal employmentpatterns, as especially between the first and second quarters of 2015 and 2016 jobvacancies were also on an increase.
Compared with one year earlier Ontario had 20, 000about 12% more job openings to fill in Q2 Large cities across southern Canada had a huge riseof job vacancies. It is getting harder to find jobs that pay well and offer desiredor needed benefits. So what’s changing with the workenvironment now? Virtual work is growing at a crazy speed, faster than we haveever seen and it is likely to be part of most Canadian’s work and shoppingexperience by 2030. Virtual work is available to everyone with Internet connectionas well as a smart phone or tablet. Job security and financial stability will becomemore difficult to achieve due to a growing online marketplace that willincrease self employment and short term contracts.
This new technology does notwait for anyone. Employees have to go along with it or be left behind, forcingpeople to change. Workers can be turned into independent contractors with thehelp of an online freelance model, which alters the relationship betweenemployees, and employers, this model would work even with employers who dosmall tasks for one client. Some of the freelance work could be shorter thanusual and assignments may have lower pay rates. Workers might not be able tofind a reliable supply of work as more jobs become virtual. It also may be hardto obtain regular steady and well-paying wages as well as employment benefitsthat are important if you need health benefits or a pension plan. Some peoplemay also need income security programs like employee insurance.
“In a surveyof on-demand economy workers, top workplace desires were:· Paidhealth insurance· Retirementbenefits· Paidtime off for holidays, vacation and sick days· Workerswere also interested in opportunities for advancement, education, disabilityinsurance and HR support.”Source:http://wtf.tw/ref/felstiner.pdf (p.
167/168) For employees to survive and thrive at the same time theymust adapt to a newenvironment. This will help them develop positive working habits. You can startby understanding or developing knowledge on the company and its surroundings.The next best thing would be managing your time.
In return, this small step shouldhelp boost work efficiency. Your goal is to familiarize yourself with the workas quickly as possible since technology is quickly growing with no signs ofslowing down and is not always easy to understand. It may be difficult in the beginningbut once you get the hang of things, you should be just fine. These are thebest steps if there are any, in adapting to a new environment while thriving atthe same time.