SHIFT – October 2021

SHIFT - October 2021

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Our October issue of SHIFT explores the fastest growing and declining jobs over the next decade, 2021 technology trends, effectiveness of talent mobility, and empathy as a critical skill for leaders.

The Fastest Growing and Declining Jobs over the Next Decade

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects there will be 11.9 million new jobs created from 2020 to 2030, an overall growth rate of 7.7%, although some jobs have a growth rate that far exceeds that level. Drawing on this data, Visual Capitalist, a global online publisher, has compiled a series of graphics showing the fastest growing jobs — and those declining the fastest — and how much they each pay.

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Visual Capitalist

Let Your Top Performers Move Around the Company

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) on cross-functional management advises managers to actively move employees into different roles. Multiple studies on talent mobility show that this is one of the most underutilized, yet most effective, development and cultural enhancement techniques in companies today. The benefits are clear: Cross-functional collaboration increases; departmental cooperation is enhanced; innovation improves; and companies begin working more as one cohesive team instead of separate fiefdoms.

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Harvard Business Review

2021 Technology Trends

Accenture, an Irish-based Fortune Global 500 company specializing in IT services and consulting, has published a comprehensive report on the technology trends that will shape the future. A sampling of these trends include: democratizing technology, multiplying the impact of complex ecosystems, and changing the workplace to avoid hindering the workforce.

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Empathy Is the Most Important Leadership Skill According to Research

Empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders, but it is taking on a new level of meaning and priority. New research demonstrates its importance for everything from innovation to retention. A recent article in Forbes cites several studies indicating that the reason empathy is so necessary is that people are experiencing multiple kinds of stress due to the pandemic and the ways our lives and our work have been turned upside down.

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