Five Trends Driving The Future Of Working Women

Five Trends Driving The Future Of Working Women

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1. The automation of jobs will continue

This trend will bring new challenges for women. According to another McKinsey report, in mature economies, women account for over 70% on average of clerical support workers, and in emerging economies, they account for over 40%.  Automation will first take over the administrative, clerical and non-skilled jobs.

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1. The automation of jobs will continue

Do you remember the movie Hidden Figures When Octavia Spencer's character realizes that the role of her colleagues as human computers is threatened by a machine that can actually make all these women redundant, she decided to grow her skills and those of her team so they could add value to the new process and safeguard their jobs. 

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1. The automation of jobs will continue

Unless women start upgrading their own skill sets, they will face huge job losses.

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2. B2B sales landscapes will favor women

According to a 2019 report done by Xactly, 86% of women achieved quota, compared to 78% of men. Today's buyers are more informed, thanks to their digitally savvy. They are no longer dependent on salespeople to provide them with all the information. Instead, what they expect is for salespeople to add value beyond what is available 

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2. B2B sales landscapes will favor women

digitally. They look for more autonomous authority, transparency and collaboration. And these expectations sync very well with a woman's capabilities and strengths. Unlike high-performing men, high-performing women in sales focus more on building long-term relationships, having an emotional connection and collaborating for solutions. 

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2. B2B sales landscapes will favor women

This aligns well with the new buyer profile. Organizations have started to take note of this.

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3. Women in their forties will refresh the workplace

Organizations are waking up to consider talent over gender. Scaffolding on the work done by diversity and inclusion activists and specialists, the career growth of women is seeing an upward, albeit slow, rise in mobility. Of course, it will take ages to see gender equality in leadership roles. But it won't be too long until organizations 

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3. Women in their forties will refresh the workplace

start re-evaluating their structure. Usually, it's found that women take a pause in their career in their thirties to focus on family. But consider the women in their forties when their kids have gone to universities? So many talented women are likely to emerge and reach a new height in their career. With no strings to pull them back, these women 

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3. Women in their forties will refresh the workplace

are ready to grab the future by its collar and claim their much-deserved space.

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4. Entrepreneurship will get easier

According to a 2019 report on the state of women-owned businesses conducted by American Express, between 2014 and 2019, the number of women-owned businesses increased 21% while all businesses increased only 9%.  There are multiple reasons for more women to work in business in the future. There is easy access to 

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4. Entrepreneurship will get easier

entrepreneurship education, with many companies and educational institutions focusing on women in entrepreneurial roles. Previously, many women in the workforce lacked role models and mentors. Women entrepreneurs worldwide now can find themselves in a great community where programs supporting women are strongly 

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4. Entrepreneurship will get easier

pursued. There are women mentors, coaches and role models who can guide, inspire, influence and educate women on how to make it in business.  With more options for finding funding, this will attract more and more women entering the business realm as solopreneurs, sidepreneurs, low revenue company owners or million-dollar-plus business owners.

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5. STEM career will see growth

According to this May 2020 article by UNESCO, the STEM future is female. Women in tech are rising.  People and project management are areas in the sector where success stories from women can already be seen. The business sector recognizes women in tech and patterns in the gender make-up will be driven more by 

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5. STEM career will see growth

economic factors. It is believed that the STEM sector will encourage many more women to apply to the industry in the future. Around the same time, women have to see the value in taking up STEM as a career choice. A Microsoft study indicates that women do not think tech as a career can positively impact the world. So it's about time 

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5. STEM career will see growth

women embrace this unconventional career path that is not driven by socially conditioned gender-based work.

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