Tuesday, December 31, 2013

13 Career and Workplace Trends and Predictions for 2014 and Beyond. Part I

HERE, on USNews.com, is Part I of my 13 career and workplace trends and predictions for 2014 and beyond, including a rundown on how accurate my 2013 predictions were.


Ross said...

I like how you state both your correct & incorrect positions, promoting even-handedness.

I predict that more companies will accept bitcoin, and bitcoin's competitors will gain traction too. Bitcoin will increase in value.

I also predict an upswing in marijuana related deaths in CO, and also a greater acceptance of the drug in CO and other states.

Marty Nemko said...

Thanks, Ross. And I agree with both of your points. Alas, the last thing the US needs as a less motivated workforce with worse memory. And that's what pot legalization will bring.

Anonymous said...

I agree with #5--"Telework continues to grow." I worked in the private sector from 1983 until 2007 when I joined the Federal government. I've had heated arguments with co-workers(career Feds) who state that telework is declining. When they make this argument, I have no evidence except anecdotal. My own experience (pre-2007) and those of friends still in the private sector is that telework is expanding.Could you cite your sources? Thank You

Marty Nemko said...

Anonymous, here are the sources:



Anonymous said...

Another predicttion: Blue-collar trades have red-hot growth and pay lots of green stuff. Here are some reasons why:

1. Many blue-collar trades people in the Baby Boomer and previous generations are retiring. Many are doing so because they are no longer physically capable of continuing their work.

2. Not very many young people have been considering the trades because of the "everyone-to-college" mindset, because many young people still think that they're involved with dirty, dangerous factory work, and because schools have focused on academics to the exclusion of teaching trades.

3. Two fields in particular are driving blue-collar trade growth: energy and advanced manufacturing. The fracking boom in places like ND and PA has not only created jobs directly involved in drilling, but has also made natural gas so abundant and inexpensive that it's now cost-effective to operate in the US. When it comes to advanced manufacturing, 3-D printing comes to mind, but it covers other areas, such as industrial equipment. Believe it or not, the US still leads in manufacturing. We just don't see it because most consumer products in stores are made in places like China and Vietnam. The US leads in manufacturing things like jet planes, diesel locomotives and turbine generators, which we don't usually think of.

Marty Nemko said...

Most recent Anonymous, I completely agree. Great stuff.