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Industry-Wide Change in 2018

by Anna Mischke | Jan 05, 2018

With the New Year comes new challenges and while trucking faced a difficult time in 2017, 2018 will present unique trials. 2017 was a year boasting the creation of close to 2 million new jobs, stock markets reaching an all-time record high, and unemployment hitting a 17-year low. However, even with the strength of the nation’s tech, e-commerce and professional services- the driver shortage proved to be a hurdle difficult to overcome.

The U.S. economy continues to heat up and with that comes better-paying jobs that don’t require work away from home for long periods of time or specific licensing such as a CDL. It is more important than ever to adapt to the current market and take action to proactively search for, recruit, and retain strong drivers.

Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist for Glassdoor, explains that trucking isn’t the only industry going head-to-head with these challenges: a larger sect of industries will experience difficulties in 2018. Chamberlain’s recent forecast What’s Ahead for Jobs? Five Disruptions to Watch in 2018 touches on artificial intelligence (AI) and mobile technology and its influence on job seekers.

What are five movements to expect in the coming year?

Automation and AI are changing the Worker’s Landscape

As technology’s impact greatens, automation and AI will effect every single industry in some facet. Whether viewed as positive or negative, AI tools may complement workers in HR and finance. In the trucking industry this movement means we will see the driver role evolve as old burdening tasks are eliminated and open up opportunity for drivers to provide other value-added service.

Transparency is Key

Transparency in the workplace has increased, but job seekers are asking for more insight into the mobile application process and status of their application in real time.

Mobile Job Apps Need an Overhaul

Applying for jobs from your mobile phone should be a user-friendly experience- something that isn’t necessarily available now.

Labor-Intensive Roles, Health Care, and Tech Growth

An aging population and advances in tech will increase the industry’s labor-intensive positions such as restaurant waiters and truck drivers: jobs that cannot easily be automated. Technology will also begin to touch trades not previously so tech-centric.

Employee Role Experimentation to Support Goals

Businesses are creating ways for employees to experiment with their roles to find positions that stoke their strengths, skills, and passions. By allowing staff members to work in different areas, companies may be able to better match talent with the roles they support best. By doing this, companies are able to retain their teams much better by generating internal lateral job moves.

For the full report, download here on Glassdoor.

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