Author: Workforce Wingmen

Get ready, Robbie is here

Meet Robbie, Friend or Foe? Will Robbie the robot enhance or steal your career?  Is s/he/it a terminator or a transformer?  Both, as it turns out! Robbie, the Terminator: Already replaced, or at high short-term risk of replacement, are certain manufacturing workers, such as in the auto industry; warehouse and agricultural workers; fast-food workers and other labor intensive and early entry positions; dangerous and repetitive work; delivery services in hotels and robot bartenders on cruise ships. “By 2018, around 1.3 million industrial robots will be entering service in factories around the world” according to the International Federation of Robotics (www.ifr.org)....

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Portfolio Jugglers

They are the people who appreciate the value of creating multiple sources of income. They know that the diversified work portfolio increases the probability of realizing financial success, improves their sense of control and boosts their feelings of security. Jugglers compare how they work to managing a stock portfolio. They combine what they know for slow, but steady income with higher paid options for long-term growth. Diversifying a portfolio between different industries, different market needs and, even, different countries increase the probability of financial return on their investment in themselves. As time moves along, as it inevitably must, the balance...

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Workforce Playbooks

In sports, at work, on-stage, or in any number of organizational situations, a “Playbook” describes strategies to follow in order to reach new goals. In team sports, for example, football, each player’s movements are clearly defined with the goal of achieving touchdowns—or preventing those by the other team. Our work-related Playbooks describe how real-life story-tellers created their “winning game plans” and overcame obstacles in their pursuit of new ways to work in this age of hyper-shifting work. In the New Workforce Hawaii playbooks, we share real-life stories of change. The story-tellers’ goals, market-shifts, and life changes they have experienced are described in...

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Paycheck-to-Paycheck

Roughly 75% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, with essentially zero savings, according to a recent study by BankRate. The “labor force participation rate” (basically the percentage of able-bodied people who are actually working) has fallen every year since 2007. At the close of the final quarter of 2015, it was at its lowest level since the 1970s. (Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) How can things really be “normal” in America, when the number of people on food stamps has basically doubled since 2000… or, when HALF of all children born today could be on food stamps at some point in their life? Yes, you read that correctly: Roughly 50% of all children born in America today could be on food stamps at some point in their lifetime. Does that sound “normal” to you? Can our country really be back to “normal” when, according to the most recent numbers from the Census Bureau, an incredible 49% of Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program EVERY SINGLE month? Or, when the minuscule amount we spend on food-stamps, is the reason OUR elected representatives stop passing laws? Or, that the majority of laws passed do nothing to improve the lives of the middle class? Or, when 52% of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year? Or, when we have years of accumulated infrastructure deferred maintenance...

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Where’s the money?

Show Me the Money! In the US., the average life expectancy, for a person who is 65 years old today, is just over 20 years for women and just short of 20 years for men.  The number #1 reason people want to work later in life? They need the money.  Why? This group’s so-called savings are far from enough to take them through ever-longer lifespans. Have you looked at the data on average savings? Go ahead… Look. It’s a stunning predictor of what is coming just around the very next corner in time. Companies are cutting back the benefits...

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