Workforce planning is a continuous process intended to align the requirements and priorities of the organization with its employment needs. While many companies look inward before and during the planning process, many do not factor external elements, such as threats from rapidly developing employment trends.  


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Fast moving technological development continually impact how people do everything. From the humble peasant farmer to corporate manager, technology is one factor altering key operations as automation supersedes the hitherto cumbersome ways of doing things.




There are a host of drastic changes in corporate culture and employment trends that are sure to impact workforce planning. With this in mind, let’s touch on the most impactful employment trends that will impact the type of workforce you will hire and how you plan to attract and retain them.


Employment Trend #1

The Emergence of Boomerang Employee and New Challenge for the Existing Employees


A boomerang workers is one that leaves a company but then returns later. Such a decision is usually based on opportunity, family matters, or some form of compensation. Studies found that the rate of re-hiring boomerang employees stood at 48%, but the percentage increased to 76% around late last year.


One of the reasons for the boom of this trend is the fact that top professionals have perfected the habit of switching jobs within a very short time. Due to the ease of keeping in touch with former employees made possible by technology, most companies use LinkedIn and social media groups to easily track and re-employ former workers. An advantage of hiring boomerang employee is that they are already familiar with the company’s culture and do not require a comprehensive orientation. As such, former workers present a proverbial nail in the coffin for existing employees who risk possible displacement in 2016.


Employment Trend #2

Young Professionals Will Take over Managerial Positions as Boomer Leaders Retire


employment trendsThis year survey, shows that more than 3.6 million company chiefs are set to retire as younger professionals ascend to managerial slots. Organizations are busy planning this transition in order to cope with the massive loss of boomers. A credible global study on company staffing trends prove that there is a need to undertake more regular performance reviews as opposed to traditional annual reports.


The same findings showed that, unlike the autocratic crop of boomers, the millennial leaders are more open-minded and keener to put into practice brave, ground-shifting transformations that are more in tune with the current technological trends.


Employment Trend #3

Increased Use of Wearable Technology and Elimination of Analog Systems


Although different surveys show that most companies did not take wearable technology seriously in the last three years, 2017 is going to be quite different. Increased use of wearable gadgets is bound to be witnessed as miniaturized technology gains wider acceptance this year. Survey shows that the wearable gadgets industry is expected to grow to $80 billion in the next four years.


The same research found that more than 70% of youngsters between 16 and 24 years of age use wearable technology and support its application in the workplace. This year, more wearables such as Fitbit and Apple Watch will be used in diverse sectors to track health, productivity and wellness. The pervasive use of these highly convenient mini gadgets will be further bolstered by a 24/7 environment as workers strive to be more time conscious.


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Employment Trend #4

Rearrangement of the Office Set-up to Attract Top Talent


The office space becomes smaller as workers strive to strike perfect work-life equilibrium and as generational preferences and globalization take center stage. Forecasts predict that the average office space for every employee will drop to 150 square feet in less than five years, a sharp decline from 400 in the early 1980s. With many employees operating remotely, employers will take advantage of technology and reduce office space to minimize logistical costs. However, despite this trend possibly taking root this year, employers will have to spend more to offer their more sensitive millennial workers a better and more hassle-free office environment.


Employment Trend #5

Increased Popularity of Part-time Jobs and an Expanded Freelance Market


While literacy levels are at their unprecedented highs globally, and colleges and universities continue to churn out more and better trained professionals every day. Along with it, Millennials have been steadily trying to gain more control over their lives over the last two decades. Employees, therefore, need to assure more flexibility and the use of technology in executing their professional responsibilities.


As such, 2017 will see many Millennials turn down the demanding rigors of a full-time work environment and instead opt to work part-time or go self-employed altogether. The 21st century fresh graduate will, more than ever, will be encouraged to be their own boss – and 2017, more than any other time before, is set to witness this widespread shift and its impact on many companies out there. To counter this worrying trend, companies will have to tailor their employment terms to accommodate the needs of the current generation of professionals.