I have read alot about the coming Labor shortage or the coming talent shortage. I certainly believe it, for a number of different reasons.. baby boomer retirement, fewer people in the next age wave, the diminishing quality of education, just to name a few. This appears to be felt more in “craftsman” type of companies.. everywhere I go I see “Now Hiring” signs for plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, pest control, and others.
What do you think? Are you experiencing this talent shortage in your company? How are you dealing with it?
We are still experiencing the same sort of issues today. The talent shortages however are expanded to high tech and the medical fields. We still have shortages in the blue collar skilled jobs as well.
As I enter my 10th hear of blogging, with 1743 posts written here I have expanded my writing to other sites as well. I have written about another 150 posts for Blogging4Jobs and another 15 or so for eSkill. There are an additional dozen or so written for a variety of other sites. I enjoy the writing. It keeps me on top of what is happening in my profession. It has given me a voice that some people may heed.
It has also given me the opportunity to launch in a new direction. With the launch of Future Friday on April 12, 2013 with a post on the importance of paying attention to graduation rates, I have endeavored to become an HR futurist with the goal of making the everyday HR department aware of what the world of work will look like in the next 5 to 15 years. I hope people are starting to pay attention. Someone must be. I was asked to join IBM’s #NewWayToWork and #SmarterWorkforce program. I hope I can contribute a voice and a point of view. I thank them for that opportunity. Looking backward, while providing a history of where we have been, is not the route to the future. Whole companies and careers will depend on us getting it right.
I hope you continue to join me on the journey. I hope you continue to get educated by reading my writing.