Hot Topic Friday: Oct. 4

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Happy Friday! Here are my Oct. 4 Hot Topics and how they relate to advancing culture or leadership. 

Hot Topic 1: Gig Out of Here!!

Source: Fast Company.

What It’s About: WOW. About 35 percent of the entire U.S. workforce is now in the “gig” world, up by 10 million from just five years ago. This is according to the sixth annual “Freelancing in America” survey, released on Oct. 3 by the Freelancers Union (which has 450,000 members), and Upwork, a digital platform for freelancers. While America leads the gig economy, this is a global trend. 

Why It’s Important: We have to completely rethink the impact for organizations and society overall. While some experts believe the percentage of freelancers won’t get much bigger (because many jobs are simply better suited as full time roles inside organizations), the world of work structure is now fundamentally different. How will organizations handle the team relationship between “full” and “ freelance“ people? How will this change upskilling, reskilling, and much more?

Hot Topic 2: Why I Care About Continuing Education So Much!

Source: Harvard Business Review.

What It’s About: According to The World Economic Forum, an estimated 1.4 million people will lose their jobs by 2026 as a result of technological change, with more than 70 percent of job types ceasing to exist. This is happening right now rather than a futuristic trend. Every part of the economy and all of us are impacted.

Why It’s Important: As human beings, most of us want to belong, meaningfully contribute, with the dignity of looking after ourselves. I believe that a new partnership needs to evolve between industry, post-secondary education and government. Reskilling and upskilling must become a continuous way of life. This is more than just being a lifetime learner. It requires all of us being life long contributors and the self-accountability to make it so.

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