Emerging workplace trends are changing both employees and employers

CHICAGO (AP) — As America pays tribute to its labor force, significant new trends are emerging in the workplace.

Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas says an estimated 1 in 3 employees are now contingent workers, such as freelancers, contractors, consultants and temporary workers. CEO John Challenger says some estimates show they will grow to 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.

Remote workers, or telecommuters, are on the rise, too. Challenger says more and more companies are taking advantage of new technologies to save costs on real estate and hire employees with the requisite skills, wherever they live.

In line with more telecommuting comes what Challenger calls BYOD — Bring Your Own Device. He says there’s a trend toward employees using their own tools in a hi-tech world, cutting company expenses for equipment.

As for connecting job seekers with jobs, Challenger says the resume (REH’-zuh-may) doesn’t count for much anymore. Employers have become skeptical of the information they contain, and even reports from colleges. So they’re turning to the Collegiate Learning Assessment to test knowledge and they’re using new ways to screen applicants, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and video profiles.

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022-w-38-(David Melendy, AP correspondent, with John Challenger, CEO, Challenger, Gray and Christmas)–As America pays tribute to its labor force, significant changes are happening in workplace trends. AP correspondent David Melendy reports. (2 Sep 2013)

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044-a-12-(John Challenger, CEO, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, in AP interview)-”their knowledge is”-John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, says the Collegiate Learning Assessment is a new standard for employers. (2 Sep 2013)

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042-a-16-(John Challenger, CEO, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, in AP interview)-”longer the desktop”-John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, says more employees come with their own tools for the hi-tech world. (2 Sep 2013)

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040-a-14-(John Challenger, CEO, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, in AP interview)-”American labor force”-John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, says an estimated one-third of American workers are contingent employees, and the number is rapidly growing. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (2 Sep 2013)

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041-a-12-(John Challenger, CEO, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, in AP interview)-”in remote locales”-John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, says a growing number of companies are cutting real estate costs by expanding the use of remote workers, or telecommuters. (2 Sep 2013)

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043-a-14-(John Challenger, CEO, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, in AP interview)-”person’s work history”-John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, says an emerging trend among companies is to use newer ways to evaluate job applicants than a job resume, which is usually screened electronically and never seen. (2 Sep 2013)

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