What Qualities Define the Perfect Professional

It’s pretty obvious that the world of work is changing and it’s changing rapidly. In fact, it is undergoing a complete transformation, made possible by the boom in the information technology field and the gradual change in mindset that reflects the emergence of the new, information-based society. These changes all have a bearing on how the perfect professional is, and will be, defined in the near future. Let’s look at some figures. It’s hardly surprising that responsibility, strategic thinking and creativity are the 3d man , woman business . 3d illustrationtop three qualities professionals choose to promote themselves, they are sort of fundamental at the moment and will hardly lose their value for employers anytime soon. Patience, however, seems a little bit odd in this company. It doesn’t really strike one as an active, success-driving quality, in fact it sounds passive. Yet, when you consider the top five qualities together, responsibility and patience are the two which, you can safely say, add up to reliability, and that is something that any employer treasures, with good reason. In his book Average Is Over, renowned economist Tyler Cowen argues that the quality which will be central for team leaders and managers in the future is conscientiousness.  Leaders and managers are putting an increasing focus on reliability, aiming to eliminate the risk of having one unreliable worker disrupt the work of the whole team. It sounds like common sense — after all, who likes an unreliable person, right? However, the qualities that make up reliability are changing with time; maybe 50 years ago creativity wasn’t so central a feature of reliability, save for particular professions where it’s part of the definition, such as advertising and car design. Today, everyone wants creativity. What’s more, the workforce itself is changing as a new generation, the millennials, comes into full bloom, and this is bound to impact the set of qualities that make the perfect professional. This new generation is bringing its own expectations and set of values to the workplace and these are sure to disrupt the expectations of managers, in a creative way, no less. For starters, those born between the early 80’s and the early 00’s expect their job to be fulfilling and meaningful; they want what they do to have a wider impact, outside the team and outside the company itself. Honesty is another central theme for the millennial generation, which is already reshaping corporate culture, making it more open, more unaffected; we’re all on Facebook, after all, and we all like (and many probably contribute to) the company page. This gives a new meaning to team spirit, a richer and better meaning. Yet another thing is that millennials — which will constitute some 75% of the total workforce in the world by 2025 — want to do what they enjoy, so if in the past reliability entailed keeping quiet and doing your job without too much whining, to put it roughly, in the future reliability will be the property of people who are taking pleasure in their work. Besides, millennials are the future managers, too, so from that position they will start expecting their workers to enjoy what they do. So, the perfect worker in the future will be enjoying the job, will be patient, creative and responsible, and will work for the betterment of the community. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?   Sources: http://www.forbes.com/sites/modeledbehavior/2013/12/12/the-future-of-work-and-life-is-conscientiousness/?ss=future-work http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2013/12/16/10-ways-millennials-are-creating-the-future-of-work/