Everyone knows that one of the only constants in the world of tech is change. New technologies emerge regularly, and trends shake up operations from coast to coast every year.
When you aren’t aware of what’s on the horizon, a single disruptor could hinder your operations. As a result, remaining informed is essential.
If you want to know what trends are impacting tech workplaces this year, here’s what you need to know.
Competition for New Jobs Will Rise
While it’s true that tech unemployment is still shockingly low and there are millions upon millions of unfilled technology-related jobs, IT professionals are about to face more competition for new jobs, promotions, and even recognitions. In response to the limited number of available workers, companies have reconsidered what it takes to be qualified for a tech role, and this will increase the size of the overall talent pool.
Today, businesses recognize the value that non-traditional candidates may bring. This can include those who went to boot camps instead of getting degrees, acquired their tech skills solely on the job, are pivoting into IT roles from other fields, military veterans, and even returning retirees.
Tech Pros Making Their Way to CEO
Traditionally, CEOs came from specific backgrounds. Usually, this included finance, operations, marketing, or sales. However, tech professionals are now working their way into this executive role, often transitioning from CIO or CTO positions.
Technology is so ingrained in many business operations that those who work in tech fields are increasingly involved at companies. This positions them to have stronger careers, including the potential to reach the absolute top.
Traditional IT Support is Dying
The help desk model of yesteryear is quickly becoming obsolete. With technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), chatbots, and self-service technologies, fewer people need to reach out for assistance from a person.
Professionals previously working in IT support need to be ready to transition into another arena. Otherwise, they may soon find themselves struggling to keep their career moving forward.
The Rise of Upskilling and Retraining
Many companies are realizing that upskilling and retraining their existing workforce is often more efficient and cost-effective than hiring new employees. It allows them to enhance the capabilities of their best and brightest, assist top performers who need to transition away from an obsolete field and prevent or manage any existing skill gaps.
Plus, offering training can significantly boost retention and recruitment efforts. It allows companies to position themselves as employers of choice, giving them an advantage in a tight labor market.
In the end, each of the trends above is shaking up tech workplaces in 2020, and will likely do so for the foreseeable future. If you would like to find out more about what is on the horizon in the world of technology, the skilled team at The Squires Group can help. Contact us to speak with a member of our expert staff today and see how our tech trends knowledge can benefit you.