Nearly 20 percent of all workers work in the gig economy, according to a 2018 NPR/Marist survey, and a Bankrate study found that number could be as high as 44 million. With the high number of Americans participating in gig work and the growing reports of mistreatment of these workers, human resources leaders are needed more than ever, according to one workplace authority.
Employers are currently attempting to attract talent in a tight labor market with a significant skills shortage. While jobs are abundant, employers need to be vigilant during the interview process as some job candidates may not be who they seem during phone interviews or online skills assessments, especially for jobs that require advanced technical skills.
Retailers across the nation are struggling to adapt to consumer demand and new technologies, leading to massive job cuts and thousands of announced store closures. The retail landscape is likely to evolve even further, as tools like virtual reality enter the shopping experience, according to one workplace authority.
With the all-day barrage of text messages, emails, meeting requests, and phone calls, making any kind of decision or developing a long-term strategy can seem impossible. As technology is integrated more and more into everyday life, employers and employees might find it harder to effectively manage time and complete key projects.
Technology and automation could replace millions of jobs in the next decade, with a December estimate from the White House suggesting 3.1 million jobs could be replaced in transportation alone. Robotics spending is expected to hit over $135 billion by 2019, according to International Data Corporation. What could this mean for the job market?