The world of work changes all the time, often without our even realizing it. For example, if you were in the workforce 20 years ago, you likely couldn’t work at home, whereas an increasing number of companies allow workers to do so, at least part-time. (Of course, on the other hand, you also didn’t have to check your email on the weekends – technology giveth and technology taketh away.) In the first roundup of 2016, we look at the workplace trends that might change your job next year, as well as lessons to learn from even your worst boss and good habits to save you time and energy in the coming year.
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While a new page on the calendar doesn’t automatically signal a stark shift in the way we work, it’s worth it to take a moment when the New Year approaches to ponder how our jobs will slowly change in the year to come.
Over at Intuit’s Fast Track blog, Alison Green predicts more flexibility, more remote work, and a much-needed backlash against those after-hours emails and work requests. Find out what else she forecasts, here.
“Many of us have experienced a wide range of supervisory skills,” writes Gottschalk. “Some individuals were well suited to the challenge. Some — well — the fit just wasn’t there. At least, not at that moment in time. (However, we are not all destined to become great managers. That became obvious.) Of course, we all learn a thing or two from all of them, the good and the bad. Even the ugly.”
Find out what she’s learned from bosses good and bad, here, and ponder what your own former managers have taught you (whether they realized it or not).
Corina Semph at Marc and Angel Hack Life: 10 Simple Habits that Will Save You Lots of Time and Energy
“Gurus tell you that time is your most precious resource, but it seems to fly by like never before,” writes Semph. “You’re overwhelmingly busy, but your to-do list stays a mile long. Technology promises to streamline your life, but in reality, all it seems to do is complicate it.”
So what’s the answer? Develop some new habits that will simplify your life more than the snazziest productivity app on the market. Semph’s list includes: be predictable in certain boring areas of your life (think: Steve Jobs’ turtleneck), wipe needless worries off your mind, and take advantage of waiting time.
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