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Corporate learning professionals Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd bravely predict the nature of the workplace in 2020 despite the current white-hot pace of change – or, perhaps, because of it. They base their bold prognostications on two global surveys, one asking 2,200 working professionals what they want from their employers and the other asking 300 employers how they are preparing for the future. The authors also created case studies based on more than 100 interviews with the leaders of innovative organizations, including Cisco, NASA and Deloitte. They learned how progressive firms and their human resources departments plan to recruit, develop and retain top employees. getAbstract recommends this singular glimpse into the future to professionals who manage workforces and workplaces. This faultless book’s revelations are fascinating and, for older workers, utterly unnerving. (As they prepare to take the stage, Millennials will love it.) Are you audacious enough for the new world? Brace yourself.

About the Authors

Jeanne C. Meister is a consultant, author of Corporate Universities and former vice president of Accenture. Karie Willyerd is the former head of learning at Sun Microsystems. She is recognized as a world leader by The American Society for Training and Development. Meister and Willyerd are partners in Future Workplace, a human resources consulting firm.



2020: A Whole New Game

Employers will face a huge challenge: to recruit, develop and motivate employees of all ages and backgrounds amid breakneck change. Soon, five generations of employees will work together at once, from aging Traditionalists and Baby Boomers to “Generation 2020” – people born after 1997. By 2020, offices will be mobile to serve employees and team members stationed around the globe. The best employees will demand innovative, imaginative contracts. Employers who are unable or unwilling to supply such new paradigm agreements will come up short – and suffer accordingly – as they try to recruit top talent.

By 2020, 10 major forces will dramatically affect employers:

  1. “Shifting workforce demographics” – Compared to 2010 workforces, US employee pools in 2020 will include more people older than 55, more Latinos (“30% of the US population by 2050”) and more women. “Age, gender and ethnicity” will challenge employers as five generations cooperate together in the workplace, specifically: Traditionalists (born before 1946), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1976), Millennials (1977-1997) and Generation 2020. Because of...

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    B. V. 5 years ago
    This is very nice. I wish I had the complete book.
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    J. Z. 5 years ago
    Very good book that is worth reading, not only the abstract.
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    U. H. 6 years ago
    A very good Summary I have come across on how Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today.
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    C. D. 6 years ago
    Really great summary on how our world is changing and how social connectivity and participation alongside mobile technology and the influx of the millenials will change the workplace in 2020
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