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The Changing Face of the Corporate Workforce

Martin Castilla            No comments            Jun, 17

Traditional figures of authority in the typical workplace of a few decades ago would probably lose their heads wondering how people are working today as they take note of the various, glaring differences which have swept through the evolved contemporary corporate workforce.

Task-based workflow focus

There is an increasing focus away from traditions and operational structures such as clocking-in at a certain time of the morning and then knocking-off after a soul-crushing day’s work, moving more towards focussing on tasks. So it becomes a matter of being free to leave or do something else once your allocated tasks for the day have been completed.

The subsequent freedom to work remotely

Some employees manage to get their bosses to free them completely from having to come in to the office each day, ultimately working remotely from home or from anywhere in the entire world where they can access the internet. Obviously only certain types of jobs can be done remotely, but those jobs which can be done remotely have given birth to an entire culture of freelance workers who identify as digital nomads.

Flexi-hours

Some workers who have the potential to work remotely still choose to come in to a fixed workplace, citing productivity reasons and just separating their personal life from their work-life officially. Others simply don’t have the discipline to sit themselves down and get the work required of them done in an environment that’s unlike their official workplace, while some workers whose work doesn’t involve anything that can be done remotely settle for flexi-hours as a result of this more task-based approach to contemporary work.

Collaborative technology

Naturally the technology sector would come to the party in keeping up with the changing face of the corporate workforce and in some instances even going as far as shaping it, with collaborative technology such as task-management software that runs in the cloud or synchronises workflow data remotely in this way.

Legal implications

One would have thought that with the changing face of the corporate workforce, which is now characterised more by work that plays out away from a typical workplace structure, certain professionals such as workers’ compensation lawyers would be rendered irrelevant. On the contrary – if anything, the offices of workers’ compensation law firm offices such as those of Snow Carpio Weekley are busier than ever before, albeit with more challenging cases, but cases which are more likely to result in the desired outcome of the injured worker getting compensated. This is because of one simple reason, that being that as a member of a remote workforce team, your ‘workplace’ typically expands and in certain respects incorporates any and every environment in which you actually conduct your work.

All of this is within subjective reason, of course, because while it may not be your fault that you get injured working out of a McDonald’s for instance, the compensation lawyers might have a case to claim against both your employer for whom you were completing your work in that McDonald’s, in addition to claiming from the McDonald’s itself.

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