- Sept. 5, 2021
-- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull reports, "Both in terms of when you work and where you work, more companies are offering—and more employees are asking for—workplace flexibility. Because the workplace has gone digital, employees based in an office can often take their work on the road, which provides opportunities to live closer to family, relocate to a new city or travel. The question is whether your employer embraces this trend."
Entrepreneurship is hot, partly because startups have gained notoriety, and because the pandemic left some workers with no other option. More people became self-employed in 2020 than during each of the past 15 years. Most entrepreneurs work on their own, without hiring other workers.
Unlike their grandparents and even parents, workers aren't likely to stay with one employer for their entire career. That means companies have to work harder to retain young workers, often offering lifestyle perks that weren't on the table years ago. And for workers, it means more flexibility;
you no longer have to stick it out at a job for three years if the company's not right for you. Readers can view a Job Search Guide on Knobull's LinkedIn Company page.
Maybe because many watched their parents work their lives away, the workplace's newer employees want time to develop their personal lives and interests outside of work. They also want work itself to be fulfilling, compatible with their values, not just a paycheck. Employers trying to compete for talent are meeting these demands in creative ways, offering at-work perks like food and laundry service or giving workers the option of a sabbatical. To gain useful advise, post questions on the Knobull Messageboard in the Platform Menu section.
Online branding of individuals is affecting industries across the board, as well as the job-search process. Making a name for yourself is smarter than ever in this volatile economy, increasing your chances that someone who knows of you will come to you with a job rather than you having to look for one when you need it. Especially since the newest generation of workers tend to hop from one company to another, it makes sense to brand yourself rather than (or in addition to) your employer. Knobull offers free branding advice; simply post a request on the Contact page in the platform menu section.
Bentley concluded, "Long-term joblessness has become a fixture of our economy, so much so that some workforce experts worry the class might become permanent. Recent Labor Department reports show that 3.5 million people have been jobless for more than six months which is the benchmark for long-term unemployment. Support to strengthen employment skills and providing these job seekers skills like those offered by Knobull can improve job search success."