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Three Workplace Trends to Watch for in 2017

It's a new year, bringing with it new trends in response to the rapid evolution of today's workplace. Throughout 2016, companies were committed to building stronger and more agile workforces, leading to promising new technology, initiatives, research and partnerships to encourage growth. Thankfully, 2017 looks to pick up where 2016 left off, showing great promise for organizations and their employees. Here are three trends to be on the lookout for in 2017.


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Career pathing will quell cross-generational employee angst. In 2015, millennials formally surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation represented in the U.S. workforce. As a result, 2016 saw a notable uptick in the amount of conversation on how millennials are changing business culture and, in turn, how organizations can improve their level of engagement to better meet their needs. This year will see an even greater emphasis on balancing the differing needs of employees across generational lines, enhanced by career pathing software, like CAEL’s PathSavvy, which can provide a detailed look into employee development and engagement opportunities. With recent reports suggesting that a vast majority of millennials believe development is important in a job and those that suggest millennial talent flight has become more common, it pays for organizations to increase their line-of-sight into this rapidly growing population of their workforce.

An increased emphasis on employee development makes career and academic advising more common. As organizations around the country work to bridge the skills gap by offering employees development opportunities like tuition assistance benefits, career and academic advising services will become fixtures of those strategic development efforts. By meeting with an experienced advisor who has a firm understanding of the needs of an organization and the industry in which it operates, employees can receive vital insight into how to align their educational pursuits with internal career paths.   

The relationship between higher education and the workplace will grow stronger. In 2015, the Association of American Colleges & Universities released a study that showed a marked gap between employer and student perceptions on the question of career preparedness. Last year, we learned of multiple examples of institutions of higher education building partnerships with businesses to decrease this gap and prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This year will see an increase in such partnerships, which will prove vital in shaping tomorrow’s economy.   

For insight into additional talent management trends check out our Talent Crunch blog and the new book The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees, by Jeanne Meister and Kevin Mulcahy, which recognizes CAEL as a leader driving lifelong learning opportunities.


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