Workforce 2020 Executive Report Essay

2107 Words Dec 9th, 2011 9 Pages

The United States workforce will be influenced in the next 20 years by several forces. The big shift in U.S. population size and composition (diverse, aging); advanced technology; globalization; and environmental and resources pressures. Technological advances and globalization are changing the way the workplace is structured, and creating a greater demand for less traditional and more flexible working arrangements. U.S. organizations to be able to respond effectively to globalization, and technological advances challenges, must have a workforce with greater range of experience, knowledge, and skills. Effective diversity management, skills development, and workplace training is very essential to stay competitive
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Asian from 4.4 to 5.3 percent, and African-American from 11.4 percent to 12.3 percent. There are some projections suggest that, Hispanics and Asian shares of the U.S. population will rise to reach 20 percent by the year 2020. The result would be more racially and ethnically diverse U.S. workforce (as cited in Tillman.A, n.d)
According to the bureau of labor, the long term shift from goods producing to service providing employment is expected to continue, with occupations requiring higher education growing faster than those with lower level requirements. The employment in professional, scientific and technical services is projected to increase by 28.8 percent, with health service and education jobs contributing the most to this job growth. In addition, environmental related occupations will be 52 percent of the growth, compared with 14 percent for other occupational areas. Globalization: to define the concept of globalization is not really an easy task, I have found too many definitions, however I have selected the following three definitions: "Globalization is the inexorable integration of markets, nation-states, and technologies to a degree never witnessed before- in a way that is enabling individuals, corporations and nation-states to reach around the world farther, deeper and cheaper than ever before. Globalization is not simply a trend or a fad, but it is rather, an international system". Friedman, define globalization

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