What Employee Recruitment Will Look Like In 20 Years - Guest Post -

Jamie Ellis
August 30, 2019
What Employee Recruitment Will Look Like In 20 Years - Guest Post -

A guest blog post by Ashley Lipman, Content marketing specialist.

Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart - all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.

Personnel Cargo

In twenty years, a man may live in a mobile apartment the size of a shipping container which he can move to many different countries. Imagine a hotel on the sea with a thousand “apartment” units connected together like Lego, shipped from Japan to the USA, and containing individuals on the working the whole time. How could such a thing be possible?

Well, consider decentralization. The Amazon cloud currently has well over a million individual servers networked together into its globe-spanning cloud. Cloud computing makes individual servers like pixels on your computer screen. Look close, and you’ll see little “squares” that have quotients of colour to them.

The computer controls what colors go where, and from a distance, you can see a picture. With the cloud, each server processes information. Where a computer may process a gigabyte in a minute, two do it in thirty seconds, four in fifteen, eight in seven and a half seconds, and by the time you get a hundred, time is diminished so substantially processing takes place almost instantaneously.

A million servers together are quite powerful, and Amazon’s cloud isn’t alone. What’s happened is that businesses are beginning to use the cloud to totally decentralize operations. You can cut out the cost of an office, cut out the cost of parking, cut out the cost of internal equipment, cut out the cost of maintenance, reduce costs pertaining to work tools and maintenance, and exponentially cut your baseline operational expenses.




Floating Infrastructure

Cloud computing allows you to “float” a desktop network, meaning all technology needs of your company require merely access credentials and trusted internet connections. This means an SMB could develop from a basement startup to a worldwide enterprise without the CEO ever moving from their basement.

BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, allows remote employees to use equipment they already have to do work for your business. MDM, or Mobile Device Management, keeps everybody on the same page. Solutions like Clockspot make it possible to track employee hours remotely.

Additionally, you can monitor apps on the cloud as necessary. In terms of hiring, you can use solutions like applicant tracking software to consolidate and manage diverse employees from all over the globe. At you can get more information about softwares for recruiting and how to use them in the best possible way. Not only can you reduce equipment costs through technology, you can reduce personnel costs in areas such as HR.

All of these services combined together into a suite of hiring and management can act like the cloud does for tech. As individual “pixels” operating in concert on one “screen”. Accordingly, you can put up notices for specific tasks that can be taken piecemeal by qualified workers who find such notices on the web.

Freelancing Acquisition for Minor Tasks

It’s possible to make individual needs of your business freelance. You can get contract employees who “bid” on what you need help with, are competitively motivated to do the best the most quickly, and then wait on your word to work with them again. Now imagine hundreds of companies operating in such a capacity.

Suddenly, an employee with a basic education simply chooses what tasks they want to do for the day, how much money they want to make, then set their devices to finding such online task accomplishment opportunities. Employee recruitment in 2039 is probably not going to look anything like it does today.

The Convenience of Tech

Technology makes things too convenient. As offices are decentralized, residences will likewise become decentralized. If you don’t need to stay in a house to get money from your job, why would you? People are going to travel via motorhome more often, and on a permanent basis. All you need is remote internet or a coffee shop, and you’ve got steady income.

Still, not everyone drives. But there are “tiny homes” taking off like rockets in the night. These are basically the size of a shipping container or three put together. It’s possible today for an enterprising millennial to make a home of a shipping container, and send themselves around the world on cargo vessels.

All they’ve got to do is pay for the cargo and its transit. It isn’t legal in most places for people to travel like this, but as technology continuously reduces the size of the world, such lifestyles are going to develop. Will this characterize the workforce in 2039? It’s hard to tell. But what is definitely going to happen in the next twenty years will be a transition of operational paradigm.



Strange Futures

Where before, employees would be interviewed to determine a good corporate “fit”, today, this just isn’t necessary. All that’s necessary for most white-collar occupations is determining if a person can do the work necessary, and on-time. A simple test administered remotely via internet form is all that’s necessary for most positions of this kind.

Once the test is passed, a workforce can be made of part-timers, expanding operational surface area in terms of work completed on-time, and reducing legal responsibilities businesses have toward employees, allowing them to do more with less. Don’t be surprised if future recruitment involves piecemeal contracted jobs for non-management personnel.

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