TheStreet: What America's Workforce Will Look Like in 2014

Leading digital financial media organization, TheStreet, published an article on January 1, 2014, featuring Pinstripe & Ochre House Executive Vice President, Angela Hills. The editorial, What America’s Workforce Will Look Like in 2014, highlights staffing trends that are expected to emerge and impact employers and job seekers alike in the year ahead.

As Angela explains, “The workforce in changing, and the environment that they expect is changing.” This includes a growing demand for schedule flexibility, growth in contract positions, and greater investments in the development of current employees. Additional insight from Angela can be viewed below.

Excerpts from the article:

On flexibility of schedule and working remotely: 
The concept of "free agency" has been around for a while, says Angela Hills, Executive Vice President of Pinstripe & Ochre House, a global talent acquisition and management firm. But increasingly, workers are asking for -- and getting -- flexibility of schedule and flexibility in how they do their jobs.

"Today's workers are coming from a different point of view; they saw their parents downsized after years of loyalty to a company, and they have a much different perspective on what a good job really offers," she says. "Businesses have been working and will continue to work to give them the level of flexibility they want."

On the growth of hiring contract, temporary positions: 
Many organizations wouldn't even be able to tell you how many contractors they have on staff, but that will change in 2014, Hills says.

"Even great companies are suffering from a lack of visibility on what their costs for contract employees truly are," she says. "Smart companies are starting to look at what people's roles are, what roles are central to business and what roles may be so central to business that they might be better executed by ongoing, full-time employees."

"Companies will be sitting down and really looking at which roles are best suited to the temporary, contract model and which roles may even be best outsourced," Hills says.

On expecting more commitment to full-time employees: 
The discipline that gets put around part-time and contract employees will make each full-time hire all the more important to companies, Hills says. "Full-time employees are the ones more likely to focus on the strategic elements of the business," she says. "They are the ones you want to have there for the long haul -- you want them to commit to you, and you want to commit to them."

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