ERIC Number: ED338877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Future at Work. An Assessment of Changing Workplace Trends.
Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies, Inc., Washington, DC.
Technological and demographic changes affect the nation's employment landscape. The most consistent trend of the century has been the shrinking workweek. By the year 2000, many workers will spend only 32 hours per week at work. Other workplace changes will continue the quest for more work satisfaction: technical trends (flextime/telecommuting); automation; leasing employees; compensation (flexible benefit plans or "cafeteria" benefits); the changing work force and its impact on the workplace; work force incentives (benefits); and skills for the work force. Past trends can be used as the foundation for predicting the future: (1) people will be the most important resource for organizations; (2) required knowledge and skills will change in response to technology and economy; (3)"good" attitudes will be important; (4) employees demonstrating the "right stuff" will be in demand; (5) managers will adopt and apply new leadership skills; (6) employees will accept more responsibility; (7) corporate structures will evolve with technological changes; and (8) a company's reputation will affect recruitment of workers. (14 references) (NLA)
Descriptors: Automation, Employment Patterns, Fringe Benefits, Futures (of Society), Human Resources, Incentives, Industrial Psychology, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Labor Supply, Leadership Styles, Recruitment, Technological Advancement, Teleworking, Vocational Adjustment, Work Attitudes, Work Environment, Working Hours
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies, Inc., Washington, DC.