5 Emerging Trends in Workforce Development

In today’s business world, it’s more important than ever to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to workforce development. With new technologies and changes in the economy, the way we develop our employees needs to evolve as well. Here are some emerging trends in workforce development that you should be aware of.

The rise of the gig economy and how it’s changing the way we work

The gig economy is reshaping the choices available to workers and providing opportunities unlike ever before. Whether you’re a part-time or full-time worker, new doors are opening up that allow individuals to build flexible careers without being confined to typical nine-to-five roles or simply job hopping from one employer to another. With the emergence of the gig economy, workers now have the freedom to pursue multiple income streams and design their own business model. But perhaps most significantly, freelancing allows people to draw on their own skill sets and assets that may not be adequately harnessed in traditional work environments. The rise of the gig economy is creating a more diverse and autonomous labor force, allowing us all to explore our potential and take charge of our futures.

Don’t think this applies to the golf industry?  I have seen more “independent contractors” show up in various regions of the country to fill in for golf course superintendents, executive or sous chefs, and clubhouse managers.  The individuals are filling a real need with specialized skills and knowledge to fill in short-term gaps.

The importance of upskilling and reskilling for today’s workforce

Today, the workforce is faced with a unique challenge. With technological advances and changes in consumer preferences happening at a rapid rate, it is important to stay proactive when it comes to training and development. In order to remain competitive in today’s labor market, employees must continually take initiative to keep their skills up-to-date. This can be achieved through “upskilling” and “reskilling” – two concepts that are becoming increasingly popular solutions for staving off obsolescence. Upskilling involves honing existing skills while reskilling requires learning completely new sets of knowledge or aptitudes. By investing these valuable resources into their workers, organizations can ensure they maintain a staff well equipped with the necessary tools to navigate a quickly changing society.

Our case study is the usage of Registered Apprenticeship programs, which has continued to catch interest from facilities across the United States. Here is an example – https://www.nystaapp.com/jobs/c/0/i/61766529/nysta-apprenticeship-program 

How to make your workplace more attractive to top talent

Attracting top talent to your workplace should be a priority, and there are many creative ways you can do this. Using vivid language in job descriptions to capture the interest of potential candidates is essential, as well as creating an environment which encourages collaboration and fun. Flexible work hours and added vacation time can also draw in prospective employees who may have competing lifestyle demands. In addition, offering competitive salaries, innovative methods of rewards and recognition, a practice of setting job promotions and career paths all send the message that your organization is serious about investing in its valuable team members. Ultimately, making your workplace attractive to top talent often comes down to innovation and agility: focus on new ideas that show potential employees they will be valued and constantly challenged as part of the team.

The benefits of workplace diversity and inclusion

The modern workplace is enriched with diversity and inclusion when everyone’s unique point of view, abilities and life experiences can be expressed freely. Through celebrating and leveraging the diversity of its staff, an organization can create a much stronger, dynamic team – one in which every team member feels respected and part of the success story. Workplace inclusion encourages everyone to contribute their ideas, breaking down any barriers that may exist between colleagues or departments. This promotes creative solutions to challenges, which helps the organization thrive rather than merely survive in a competitive landscape. Simultaneously, through increased visibility of people from different backgrounds, organizations can better reflect society in their corporate identity and attract new customers from diverse communities. Ultimately this results in higher bottom-line performance for the organization as talent can develop more efficiently; maximizing productivity and company growth.

The future of work and what it means for businesses

Businesses all over the world are beginning to ponder the future of work, a concept that has been discussed often in recent years. With new developments in technology coming every day, physical locations for employees may change or become obsolete altogether, as more people take up remote and flexible working practices from the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, automation will likely play a larger part in the golf industry, changing the way businesses interact with customers and streamlining certain processes. The importance of commitment to ethical behavior and clear management processes will be paramount as we move into this new era. It is an exciting time for change and an opportunity for businesses to progress with the times.

As the gig economy keeps growing and changing the way we work, employers need to stay ahead of the curve in order to attract and retain top talent. Through upskilling and reskilling initiatives, creating an attractive workplace environment, and nurturing diversity, employers can create a great workplace that appeals to job seekers and boosts their bottom line. While it’s impossible to know for certain what the future of work holds, possessing these skills and qualities will help businesses survive in what may be a rapidly shifting landscape. As challenging as it might sound now, given enough nurturing of worker’s skills and capabilities, as well as cultivating a positive environment in the worksite, together we can all forge our way forward into the future of work.

About The Author

Tyler Bloom is the founder of Tyler Bloom Consulting. A former golf course superintendent and turf professional, Tyler’s love of all things golf began at the age of six when he stepped onto the course for the first time. 

Tyler has an Executive Certificate in Talent Acquisition from Cornell University and a degree in Turfgrass Science from Penn State University. With 20 years of experience in the golf and turfgrass industry, Tyler has worked directly with reputable club leaders at some of the most prestigious clubs to place over 100 professionals in executive and management level positions throughout the United States.

Are you ready to build a top-performing team that drives results? Our proven framework, methodologies, and implementation is based on our personal track record of developing world-class teams. In addition to talent acquisition, we provide leadership development and ongoing consultative services for the golf course and club industry. Our team has personally coached and mentored dozens of future golf course superintendents across the United States.