For those familiar with the Dilbert line of comics, that headline has you laughing. But one thing's for sure, based on the recently-released results of a study conducted by MBO Partners, the workforce of the near future--even this year near-term--is going to be much different than it was in the past, and one that won't be near so accommodating of Pointy-Haired Bosses.
One of the key points in MBO Partners' study is the idea of a "revolving-door career," in which some professionals will find themselves in "traditional" jobs at some point, followed up by a period in which they're operating independently. MBO Partners projects that by 2020, half of the workforce will have experienced what's called "career independence," in which they operate their own business of at least some type. This will give rise to a set of new industries designed to facilitate this growing business segment, ultra-specialized businesses designed to support these independent business owners.
With the growth of independent businesses will also, according to MBO Partners' projections, come a sea change in terms of hiring at more traditional businesses. "Contingent talent management," or the management of talent that provides services to an organization yet is not specifically on their payroll, like contractors, temps and similar workers, will not only become more in demand, but it will also play a wider role within the business itself, in terms of boardroom hires and the like as companies attempt to get expert talent into their fold... Read More