Demographics, cultural trends and new technologies are rapidly changing the job market. People are living much longer than we used to. New technologies and automation are rapidly replacing repetitive jobs. New communication tools are eliminating formerly popular mediums for disseminating information (good-bye printed newspapers) at the same time as requiring more advanced media literacy skills for most new jobs.
After researching job market shifts for a recent Thinkopolis labour report, we’ve taken a closer look at how to choose education and training for the job market of the next five to ten years.
• When it comes to landing a job, digital literacy is the new literacy
• Eight jobs that will always be in demand
• Where the jobs will (and won’t) be created over the next five to ten years
• Communications, tech savvy, and constant learning will be required for jobs in all fields
On the bright side of jobs being replaced by technology is that this means a boost in technology-related career options. Every new form of automation or robotics requires engineers and technicians to develop and maintain.
The move from desktops and laptop to smart phones and tablets has created a current high demand for application developers and designers. So while we can’t predict exactly where technology will be at in 2020, but we can advise people to keep up with the latest trends and tools of their time.
The aging population will continue to require more workers in a wide range of medical professions. Doctors, obviously, will be in demand, but also Nurses, Healthcare Managers and Technicians, Pharmacists, Care-givers and Elder-care Coordinators.
A mixture of healthcare and technology education would be a powerful combination. Biomedical engineering is expected to be one of the hottest fields over the coming decade.
Alternately, learning both healthcare and business management skills could also lead to numerous career paths in hospitals, clinics, private care institutions and public health departments.
Business and Finance
Businesses will continue to seek new ways attract customers and understand market trends. Data analysts, and market researchers will continue to be hot career paths for the foreseeable future.
Skilled sales people are always in demand. When making financial decisions, many people still like to talk to a human being and shake someone’s hand. That can’t be automated. For that same reason, financial advisors and financial services jobs will continue to be secure options.
General work rules often considered
Choosing a simple set of work regulations made up of a few generally accepted as well as prohibited conducts is much advised. In place of a lengthy set of regulations, small businesses are advised to go for a simple list of regulations and guidelines for making it clear to the workers what sort of behaviour was expected from their part.
Here is a set of simple set of general workplace rules
• Safety rules to be observed
• Tardiness policy explaining the way to report the number of sick days allowable and personal off days erased
• Time of work to be recorded (Using a time sheet or clock)
• Rules of the lunch period and other breaks
• Policy for overtime
• Rules regarding personal appearance including dress code
• Employer’s property damage rules
• Rules on maintaining sensitive information of the employers as well as the customers
To quote from Michelle Obama
We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.
As a defence against wrongful discharge claims
Even for at-will employers that have greater freedom for allowing workers to leave for avoiding legal hassles involved with termination procedures, the reasoning of any such action should be wanted to be sound as well as defensible. One way to ensure this is by having a number of basic and vividly stated employees’ rules well communicated to the workers. By this, any worker breaking a work rule ends up doing so with the knowledge that his conduct is not acceptable and such conduct might end up in inviting termination.
Safeguard step from discrimination claims
If a worker is fired or disciplined on grounds of breaking general employee regulations, even while another one is spared despite facing similar charges, the business could be violating regulations based on anti-discrimination. Maintaining a clear list of work rules makes sure that all workers understand the acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. If the rule set in this regard is ambiguous carrying out of such a rule could invite challenge as discriminatory or arbitrary which is important.even while another one is spared despite facing similar charges
Points to ponder while choosing work rules
Quality of work can be improved by work rules when
• An atmosphere is created where workers are treated with respect and dignity
• Employees are helped to ensure their own conduct in a safe as well as professional manner
• Open communication between the business and its employees are encouraged
• All workers are ensured fair treatment and a common set of regulation to follow
Work rules to selected reasonably and appropriately
Finally, while the conduct of all employees is expected to be governed by certain rules based on work, the specific rules chosen are expected to be reasonable and appropriate for the work being done by the employees in question alongside the working conditions where they are placed in.