By Matt Valentine
3- Generation Y-
Without delving too deeply in to the topic (because i am greedily saving that for another post so please check back) Generation-Y is already having a profound impact on how companies conduct business and will continue to exert their influence in the future. Take Sun Microsystem's telecommuting program, for example, which has kicked into high gear in response to Generation Y's demands. Today more than half of Sun's employees work remotely.
Forget about climbing the corporate ladder, it may not even exist by 2020.
Yep, those dreaded Gen-Y-ers again. There are many reasons why Gen Y-ers will choose to ignore the corporate ladder structure of old and chief among them is the desire for a strong work-life balance. In essence, they just aren't as career oriented as previous generations, and they place a heavy value on free time. If you asked them about work they would say, "It isn't life, its just a way to make a living". Perhaps, it is simply a product of their young age, but many Y-ers are more willing to move laterally to achieve a healthier work-life balance then previous generations.
This is not to say Millennials are without ambition. In fact, many are choosing to avoid the corporate ladder all-together and strike out on their own. A great example can be found here: http://bit.ly/cButHO
So, by 2020, having World of Warcraft Guild Leader on your resume, may be just the thing company's are looking for.
No, unfortunately for all of us I am not saying that ten years from now we will all be star athletes. But, the business model of 2020 may more closely resemble the world of professional sports then the current corporate structure.
The shift to contract and freelance workers is beneficial for both parties.