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VOL. 131 | NO. 9 | Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Angela Copeland

8 Career Trends For 2016

By Angela Copeland

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With the New Year here in full force, employees are setting their sights on new goals, new jobs and new careers. One question I keep hearing is “What’s new in 2016?” Here’s the rundown.

Multiple careers: It’s becoming more and more common (and acceptable) for employees to switch jobs every three to five years. In fact, it’s almost expected. In the past, this was frowned upon by many, but in 2016, it will be more the norm than ever before.

Boomerang workers: With the number of people switching jobs more frequently, this was bound to happen. It’s more and more typical to see an employee leave a company and be rehired a few years later. And why not? The employee gains valuable experience and can negotiate a higher salary upon return. It’s a win-win as the organization gets someone who already has knowledge and experience with the company.

Work-life balance: As companies are filled with more millennials, the focus on work-life balance is increasing. Millennials want to do meaningful work – and they want to have a personal life. They aren’t lured in by big paychecks that take over their personal time.

New work perks: In an effort to hit home with younger workers, more companies are beginning to offer creative perks, including student loan repayment, fertility and adoption assistance, flexible work hours and remote working arrangements. They’re also offering more on-site perks like free lunches, laundry and childcare.

Better maternity leave: There’s also been a big push to add more maternity and paternity leave, and more options. Some companies are allowing employees to work less hours after a child is born, without quitting altogether. Others are adding the option for dads to also take time off.

Contract workers: In the past, consultants were often reserved for large corporations. They would hire consulting firms that smaller businesses could not typically afford. Today, more individuals have become independent consultants. Some were forced into the role after a layoff while others chose to leave the corporate world to gain control and fulfillment. The influx of these specialized workers has made it possible for businesses of all sizes to take advantage of consultants.

More promotions: There are 3.6 million baby boomers slated to retire in 2016. Many of them are in management roles and will leave a space to fill. Younger employees will finally begin to feel upward movement. Forbes.com sites an estimated 25 percent of millennial workers will become managers this year.

More movement: Many people have been sticking it out in jobs they don’t like for years. The influx of available opportunities will create increased movement. Many of those who’ve been waiting will find 2016 the year to make a move.

As with all things, these trends vary by region, by organization, and sometimes even by seniority level. Do your own research on company websites and job searching sites to find out who is offering which benefits and perks. Glassdoor.com has information on both benefits, and reviews from current employees.

Angela Copeland is CEO and founder of Copeland Coaching and can be reached at CopelandCoaching.com.

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