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5 Jobs Created By the Advent and Revolution of Technology

5 Jobs Created By the Advent and Revolution of Technology

Technology is a controversial topic. We need it, but we argue about its side effects too. There is no denying that technology has hugely affected the job industry. The concept of automation is said to be reducing jobs, putting people jobless. However, one look at the latest figures and you will realize that this is only half the truth.

According to a study, shortlisted for the Society of Business Economists’ Rybczynski prize, technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed. The study collected 140 years of data and concluded that while technology has reduced hard and dangerous jobs, it has actually created more opportunities in other industries. So what are those industries and what kind of jobs are there due to technology? Let’s have a look.

1. Jobs for Less Educated Workers

While most people would argue that technology requires workers to be more educated than before to be able to succeed, the truth is that due to technology even less educated individuals can excel in the job market, according to Harvard Business Review.

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Technology has made jobs much easier. What needed two years of education earlier can now be learnt in a few months. Jobs have been broken into small tasks that are easy to perform. While some of them might have become less creative and more monotonous, there’s no denying the fact that they have opened new avenues for everyone. This is why the number of laborers is on a constant rise since there are many that can be handled without years of education.

2. Jobs in the Virtual World

The eCommerce industry is rapidly growing and currently stands at 1.55 trillion US dollar. The world of online business has opened new positions for everyone including:

  • Virtual Assistants
  • Social Media Managers
  • Online Marketeers etc.

These are jobs that were unheard of a few years ago, but today millions of people are working online and earning their bread and butter. And with technology constantly changing more and more jobs are opening online.

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In addition to this, online jobs have more benefits, including the ease to work from home. This allows employees to save time and also money, making it a win-win situation for everyone involved.

3. Jobs Related to Motions and Graphics

Things have changed rapidly. There was a time when one had to draw story boards manually and present them onscreen, but now this is done with the help of software. The introduction of new technologies like 3D and 4D has also opened new avenues for those interested in computers and graphics.

Motion graphic designer and 3D architectural visualizer are two jobs in this industry that are rapidly growing. These are used everywhere, including architecture where designers can present their ideas in a neat manner.

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4. Jobs Related to Science

While science has been here for decades, some new branches of science are starting to grow just now due to the growth in technology. One such branch is robotics which is hiring more people than ever.

Robots were just a concept during the Einstein era, but have been made a reality now. Uber has announced a self-driven car, with different Uber vehicle requirements. A robot only restaurant has opened in Japan and soon robots are expected in other walks of life as well. The world is going to change, and we have technology to thank for it.

Robots have started to enter factories too now, and while they may be doing a lot of jobs, they also need specialists to make them and coordinators to handle them. As a result there are a huge number of jobs for those who know about robotics. Earlier managers were required to oversee employees, but soon they will be needed to oversee robots.

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5. Jobs Related to Data

There was a time when every business needed someone good with maths for bookkeeping, but today thanks to different tools and software all they need is someone good with IT. There is a lot of data on the internet, and businesses need data specialists to be able to handle it.

This is why the requirement for data specialists is on a constant rise. They are getting paid well, as this job is not going to go anywhere considering that data is only increasing. This increases the need for data specialists that can handle data, and also keep it protected since whatever is on the web is open to threats.

It is clear that technology is helping us in all walks of life. If you wish to stay relevant, it is important that you be tech savvy.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

But do you know what motivates your people?

It’s simple:

  • Is their work stimulating?
  • Does it challenge them?
  • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
  • Do you encourage creativity?
  • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
  • Do you praise them?
  • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
  • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
  • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

  • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
  • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
  • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

6. Monitor Their Workload

Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

  • Red means they’re fully loaded.
  • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
  • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

The Bottom Line

A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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