The landscape of business and careers has changed drastically over the last 10 years.
More than ever, people are breaking away from the idea that they need to settle for a job. People are taking control of their careers for the possibility the first time in history.
Rather than accepting our fates and spending our days in dark cubicles or in the industry just because it provides us a paycheque, people are getting gutsy, taking risks and asking for what they want.
And that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
The future of business is going to be resting on the shoulders of people who are not easy to please, and who are navigating life with brazen and entitled ideals.
And that’s awesome!
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Why shouldn’t we all put ourselves out there and ask for what we want in a job?
We spend more time at our jobs than with our families for crying out loud. Why wouldn’t we want to make the most of those hours?
Life is precious whether you are at work slugging away at your computer, or if you are soaking up the sun on a sandy beach.
How we spend our time is quickly becoming one of the most important things to people in their careers. And you are going to see a drastic shift in the negotiating process because of it.
Companies who aren’t quick to get on board with the way employees want to work these days — and in the days to come — are going to find themselves without a big pool to draw from. As more people make opportunities for themselves or learn to ask for what they want from their jobs, companies are going to have to rise to the demand.
The real estate industry has ebbs and flows of when it’s a “buyer’s market” and when it’s a “seller’s market”. Imagine the business world as having such a market.
Actually, there are places in North America where this exact scenario has played out. In Calgary, Alberta, in western Canada, an oil boom hit so big that there were too many jobs for the number of people to fill them.
Job seekers came from all over the continent, and Europe, to have their choice of job. Imagine having your choice of job?
It was a good time for the west. It also meant that because companies were fighting to get employees, that potential employees had the run of the place. People were being paid way more than they were in the rest of the country for every job from janitorial services to CEO.
It got so out of hand that people were being hired for jobs they weren’t even qualified for and were getting an education by the seat of their pants to do the work that needed to be done.
While the economy continues to try to sort itself out, people are becoming more in tune with what they want from their careers and it is going to cause a great deal of hurt to companies who can’t accept that flex time, work from home, sick leave, disability, fair wages, bonuses, opportunity, leadership, and a plethora of other work-related requests are going to come out of the woodwork in droves.
As more and more people realize that they have control over their careers, companies are going to find themselves no longer holding the upper hand in the negotiation exercises that are so familiar in the hiring process.
Gone are the days when people bow to big business for jobs they need and more and more people are walking in with their heads held high asking companies what they can do for them — and not the other way around.
It’s a revolution of sorts, and although the economy will continue to shift and fluctuate, people will find a way to get what they want. We always do.
During times of great turmoil in our past, people have made their own way and innovation results. Even some older workers are starting to realize that they have much left to give long after their retirement age hits. And many are opting to stay in the workforce.
Some, for financial reasons, but others because of how much they enjoy working. As the millennial crew starts to join the workforce, we’re going to see an even bigger shift in how negotiations are completed: they don’t take no for an answer and are confident in their abilities.
The juxtaposition of older employees finding new motivation from younger employees also creates an opportunity for new-age negotiations whereby the opportunities to learn from each other is immense.
There are lots of innovation is coming up that is changing our lives.
Older workers can get a leg up on their retirement negotiations by offering to stay on as mentors or supervisors for newer workers.
And newer workers can get a leg up in their negotiations by offering to teach older workers about the way they do things.
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That’s just one small example of the changing face of negotiations and advanced negotiation skills, but the point is, the changes are coming.