I was sent an email today with a link to “10 of the worst jobs of the future”. There were a number related directly to the printing industry. My thoughts on it are found below.
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I cannot see many industries or job types that have a bright future. Healthcare and energy companies and the ecosystems surrounding those industries may be among the few areas that will see growth.
Imagine being a bank worker where suddenly your job either disappears or is off-shored as the personal touch is replaced by the video touch.
Or in this case any worker, as we see the relentless push to increase profit and reduce head count. Mind you UTC is just the example; many companies are doing exactly what UTC is doing.
The soaring cost of workers is crushing. And to date, the Affordable Care Act has not hit or been fully realized. Most people I speak with have no clue how the Affordable Care Act works or will impact their companies. I am seeing our larger clients start to increase their use of temp workers and decrease hiring as they want to reduce head count in preparation for the changes coming. You will also see companies look at their work force and decide what types of workers can work part-time (30 or under hours a week) to avoid parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Looking at the cost of workers is tough. The extension of unemployment from 28 weeks to 99 weeks is rearing its head. Business are now paying for that extension in a large way. I am paying many thousands of dollars more per week for unemployment than I did last year. It is incredible.
In conclusion, while the print industry certainly has its challenges, these issues are bigger than our industry alone. We must realize that an overall shift is happening in the worker/company paradigm.