The ASSE Stateline Chapter covers eleven counties in Northern Illinois and two counties in Southern Wisconsin. The Chapter received its charter on October 23, 1965. Over the years, the membership has ranged in size from 100-200 members depending on the economy of the area.
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Letter from the President
Dear Fellow Colleagues,
I have been doing a lot of thinking about the future of safety and how we will lead our companies and protect our employees with the new Generations coming into the workforce. Our Stateline Chapter and fellow Safety Professionals are getting older. Safety Professionals can no longer just engineer safety; we have to become Leaders and a part of top management. We cannot keep doing things the same way, expecting different results. The workforce has changed, and how we lead them has to change as well.
The fact is, for an industry with an average age of 60, the chances of reversing the aging trend at this point borders on the impossible. The industry leaders of the past didn’t need a presentation on the future – they needed a presentation on how to survive the next year!
What I can’t help wondering is, what has this industry been doing for the last 10 years? How did it get to this point? Didn’t they ever stop to ponder the concept of change or to consider that they desperately needed to build a bench of young talent?
Just think about the rapid change in the global economy, global politics and consumer technology in the past five years. Five years ago, most major economic trend lines were up and to the right. There were more entrenched autocrats in power in the Middle East. The iPad hadn’t been invented yet. A Harvard dropout named Mark Zuckerberg had just started Facebook, and tweeting was emerging as something other than what birds do.
If change continues at its current rate, let alone accelerates, it’s going to completely redefine the concept of work and leadership. Industries and companies that have struggled to make changes and adapt, will face inevitable failure. We can’t get stuck in the past. Change is the only certainty.
Here are a few changes to anticipate — now:
Leadership is going to get a much more complex. It’s going to be less and less about authority and more and more about influence. Collaboration will rule because younger generations have been groomed to do it, cycle times will demand it, and technology will continue to enable it.
The workforce of the future will be innovation-centered, highly productive, and a magnet for global talent. New technologies will be developed and globalization will continue to drive the utilization of advanced mobile technologies. Expect increased telecommuting, virtual teams, and more work flexibility overall. (Plus, the arrival of robots, space travel, and holograms will certainly change the concept of work as we know it!)
Knowledge won’t be the competitive advantage anymore. With technology, knowledge is quickly outdated and accessible to all in real-time. The critical skills needed to be successful in the new working environment are; vision and foresight to anticipate or respond to change very quickly, make wise decisions, and take action to create a better future.
- Customization by Generation
With three distinct generations in the workforce — Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y — employers will need to develop highly individualized solutions to accommodate the career needs of each generation. Savvy business owners and chief executives will take advantage of the skills, attitudes and unique characteristics of each group. They will create career paths for all three generations so they will be able to see their future with that firm.
In addition to the generational shift, our nation will witness gender and racial shifts, as well. For the first time in history, more women are attending college than men and 40% of working-women are out-earning their husbands. Gradual ethnic shifts in the population are more concentrated in younger generations because most immigrants are young adults and also because Hispanic families in the U.S. tend to have more children than the average.
By 2015, Generation Y will become the majority workforce. This generation is highly entrepreneurial, therefore we’re likely to see more start-up and small businesses, which will cause corporate downsizing. We will not see long careers of 10 or more years in one company, but maybe 6 years with employees making either functional or geographic changes every 2 years.
Gen Y’ers find jobs through friends and want to work with friends. Loyalty is to a person — the boss — not the company. And time is more valued than money. Millennials want flexible schedules and may prefer additional vacation days to cash bonuses.
Fast-paced change in our society has affected all industries and will continue to change the nature of work and safety for the next 10 to 15 years. Chances are, if you or your organizations aren’t thinking about the future, it’s already too late.
President for the Stateline Chapter