The Canadian Society of Association Executives had me write a series of articles with some of the unique challenges presented to associations in the context of fast-trends.
Here’s the 2nd one.
They provide good food for thought! More to come over the next week!
The workforce is transformed as “nomadic workers” dominate the economy.
The number of full time jobs will continue to dramatically shrink – yet, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg in the change of the relationship between employer and employee. Companies will hire the best talent, regardless of where that person might be. A
new form of career competitiveness is emerging, with extreme competition for this group of nomadic workers – highly skilled individuals who call the shots.
All this in the context of a global economy in which where people work from won’t matter – a trend that has implications for the future of both rural and urban economies. Lifestyle choice will come to dominate career decisions.
The nomadic worker carries different attitudes towards life and work, and rejects many of the currently accepted “norms” of the corporate environment. Their attitudes will revolutionize the world of work.
The end result? The shape of tomorrow’s company won’t be defined by the walls in its offices – it will be defined by the reach of its computerized knowledge network, and its ability to tap into the skills and capabilities of the nomadic worker, at the right time, in the right place, for the right purpose.
Questions for Association Leaders
- What are you doing to attract the new, independent contract worker into our association, and how do you remain relevant to their needs?
- As your profession fragments into many different sub-specialties, how do you retain your relevance?