A lot can happen in 20 years. Technology has advanced leaps and bounds, social movements have altered the way we interact with one another, and regarding a topic we’re particularly keen on – the American Workforce Landscape has changed drastically. TAC Employment Agency is celebrating our 20-year business milestone, and along the way, we’ve seen a paradigm shift in how people and companies conduct work. Let’s take a dive into what the workforce landscape looked like 20 years ago, what it looks like now, and how it may look in the 20 years to follow.
As a Reno recruiting agency, we used to have to go solely off paper resumés and phone calls to screen potential hires. The whir of the fax machine was ever-present, and administrative tasks could take several people and departments to complete. Interviews were held strictly in-person, and people were assigned jobs that mostly revolved around individual machines that performed a particular function.
Now, most of this action lives on computers. We have access to digital worker profiles and powerful recruitment tools, enabling us to find a strong match between prospects and companies looking for talent. Candidates still do phone interviews, but now we also have the power to conduct interviews through video calling platforms, which add another layer of communication intimacy.
In the future, we’ll likely see even more digital tools that enhance the employment search experience. Not only that, smart machines will take over tasks previously thought impossible, becoming your future coworkers. With advancements in collaboration tools and artificial intelligence, new digital environments will be leveraged to share and store vital applicant information and bolster workforce solutions. Overall, we’ll hopefully see a shift towards reducing the strain on our labor market and utilize all of our available talent to its greatest potential. If applicants’ skills, jobs, and locations are matched more efficiently and with greater precision, the future will look bright!
The cultural snapshot of the workforce 20 years ago is almost unrecognizable today. Stuffy office attire, the once a year holiday party, and bosses that barked orders while sitting in their corner office were a staple of yesteryear. Additionally, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals to stay with a company for a large portion, if not all of their careers. And perhaps the most dreaded invention ever concocted: the cubicle, had a grip on office culture.
Thankfully, the reign of comically small cubicles has been declining, and we now see more open-floor layouts that foster relationships and healthy minds. Companies have also realized that people should be celebrated for their accomplishments with more than just a single holiday party. Individual growth that occurs when employees outgrow their positions and move on to other companies are also being addressed in a more positive light. Office lunches, group outings, and employee perks are now woven into the heart of a company’s culture. And it doesn’t hurt when the boss leads alongside their subordinates instead of shouting from afar. With this shift in our work day thinking, people are honing in a better work-life balance and bringing their best selves when clocking in for the day.
Looking to the future, we’ll hopefully see office cultures that people truly resonate with, cultivating heightened pride in their work. With more individuals opting for remote work, the next decades will likely involve increased efforts to encourage inclusivity and recognition of employees from afar via virtual platforms. People will seek opportunities to tie their mission, purpose, and passions with their workplace. At the end of the day, work won’t just be a nine to five, it’ll be a place employees will show up to provide value for society and don’t mind working hard to do so.
In the two decades prior, the workplace was a wasteful environment where little thought was given to consumption habits. Enormous amounts of paper were used, employees commuted in gridlock traffic, and the office itself was often a huge energy sink.
With the current move towards a more digital work ecosystem, we’re making strides towards greater workplace sustainability. Everything from flexible work schedules that reduce traffic, to fewer physical print files, to smaller office spaces are lessening the impact our workplaces have on the environment. After all, we spend a hefty chunk of time at work, so it’s worth addressing sustainability to better our planet as a whole.
In the next twenty years, the trend towards a lesser impact will hopefully continue. Staff will be able to login virtually via laptops that use far less electricity than desktops. Warehouses can integrate sensor-based mapping and inventory control to make optimum use of smaller floor plans. And ideally, offices will move to areas with better transportation links to make them more accessible to the workforce via public transport.
In our twenty years as one of the most experienced employment agencies Reno offers, we’ve found that change is inevitable. Through it all, we’ve been the go-to company for HR consulting services, executive search solutions, and employment services. While these services have evolved to fit the times, we have never wavered in our commitment to our clients. While the next twenty years are uncertain, we plan to use our vast industry knowledge to adapt to the needs of our workers and provide value to the workplace of the future.
Contact The Applied Companies to let us help you with your workforce needs of the future.