U.S. companies are complaining loudly about their staffing problems. They cannot find people with the skills they need, they lament. And it is very hard to predict staffing requirements when technological disruptions can lead to rapid changes in markets, business models and the way that individual departments work.
Companies across the U.S. are struggling to fill talent shortages of individuals with specific skills at a time when technological developments, quickly evolving workplace norms, and the continuing fallout from the 2008-09 global financial crisis have caused dramatic changes to the workforce of today.
Over the past several years, the nature of the workforce has been rapidly changing. Technology continues to transform the way people work, and fluctuating economic demands shift workforce needs more frequently than in the past.
As more workers have become eligible for health benefits than in the past and face the possibility of penalties for lack of coverage, employees must also remain informed and strategic about the benefits they elect.