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What Will Workforce Staffing Look Like In 2020?

Posted by Tara Jones

2/16/16 2:12 PM

The year 2020 might be just a few years away, but the face of workforce staffing will definitely change considerably over that time. Therefore, it’s important for companies to start planning for a future that will be here before you know it. Check out a few trends you can expect to see as we get close to 2020.

We’ll see some changes to the technology and methodologies used to manage workforce staffing.

  • Kanban: This concept that focuses on visibility into workflows as a means of reducing inefficiencies has been around since the 1950s, when Toyota developed it to address bottlenecks in its manufacturing processes. Once simply a board with color-coded notes to indicate the status of projects, Kanban is already being incorporated into high-level, enterprise-wise staffing solutions.   You can expect to see more technology founded on its principles.
  • Online Recruiting Tools: Recruiters of the future will continue to face challenges in filtering through dozens of resumes and applicants. Only a handful of candidates that are qualified for the position will come through. As such, the online recruiting solutions of today will become more advanced as companies seek to lower the administrative costs associated with the recruitment, hiring and onboarding process. This technology automates certain tasks and assists with communications efforts.  This helps companies attract superior talent.
  • Social Media Recruiting Tools: Most companies are already using sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter to post job openings and descriptions. By 2020, workforce staffing will require recruiters to establish professional relationships with potential candidates before they’re even looking to hire. Social media can also be powerful in attracting the best talent if you promote your company and its mission statement along with images and day-in-the-life video content. Look for more focus on social media training within the next five years.

The contingent workforce will make up the majority of a company’s workers

Plus, these workers will look significantly different than the 2015 workforce. The proof is in the numbers: 

  • 40% of workers now have contingent and contract positions, a figure that has doubled since 2008.
  • It’s estimated that the average company’s contingent workforce will go from the current 18% to 40% by 2020.
  • Almost three-quarters of people who left permanent employment to become a contingent worker cited lack of employer engagement as their #1 reason for doing so.
  • 80% of large companies plan to increase their use of contingent labor in the next few years.
  • Age demographics show that 8% of contingent workers are over 65, while 27% are 55+; just 14% of W-2 employees are over 55.
  • Currently, there are more men than women making up the contingent workforce.

The managers of the future will look much different than those of today

Managers must change how they handle their workforce with the rise in contingent workers. Staffing solutions can assist with the recruitment, training and hiring process. Managers can then devote less time to training the contingent workforce. However, they may be implementing their own contingent workforce management solutions to help deal with legal issues, compliance, technology and other operational matters.

Even in 2015, you can see workforce staffing starting to change in management, technology and the contingent workforce. It’s not too early for organizations to begin planning for the future now by evaluating solutions that will help them face the challenges of these transitions. The year 2020 is right around the corner when it comes to long term planning. Knowing what’s ahead will help you prepare for what workforce staffing will look like.

Topics: Workforce Management, Contingent Workers