2017 has been consigned to history as has the first quarter of 2018 . Whether it was good, bad or indifferent for you it will never happen again. A new year brings us all new opportunities and new hopes. Lets get the crystal ball out for a minute or two and try and understand what may happen for the rest of the year.
My area of expertise is , as you know in the workplace and lets face it the workplace is still where we will spend the majority of our lives so it incumbent upon us to try and spend the majority of our lives in a place where we enjoy what we are doing, we enjoy the environment both in terms of the physical environment and the people we work with. Finally and most importantly, particularly in the current age we live and work in, does our workplace give us the chance to learn and grow. There will be times where circumstances dictate that we do what we have to do but we need to have these objectives for the place that we will spend the majority of our time.
While these objectives are both noble and appropriate for the world that we live in the challenges that we face in the remainder of 2018 to acheive them remain the same as the challenges for 2017 and Q1 2018. Those challenges include:
(1) Keeping your Job - The mergers, acquisitions and restructuring march continues and despite global growth projected well above 3% lay offs continue as merger deals for multiples of billions of dollars e.g ( Disney, Fox) continue as does job insecurity.
(2) Finding the next job - This was once relatively easy and much has already been said about this process which I will not repeat here but it seems as though the challenges of applicant tracking software, resume black holes and discrimination by cliche e.g. ( your overqualified )will continue for the remainder of 2018. There is some discussion on Linked in about the use of Blockchain Technology and the use of artificial intelligence in the process. Anything must be better than what we have
(3) How will we be paid for the next job - It is human nature for business to want to reduce costs and the on costs associated with employment e.g. ( sick leave, transport allowances etc) are expensive. This is why the number of people in the Uber inspired gig economy will increase. The main concern about the gig economy is of course that it doesn't become a " race to the bottom" in terms of conditions.
So the challenges in the workplace remain for the rest of 2018 and it is not easy for anyone to find the perfect working environment. It is important for us to learn and grow regardless as learning is key to to our survival and prosperity. As George Bernard Shaw said " Life wasn't meant to be easy but take courage for it can be delightful"