Workforce Trends

How Fluent Are You in “Digital?” 4 Areas that Independent Professionals Need to Master

By MBO Partners

On-the-job technology has come a long way since Netscape days. As hardware and software have steadily evolved since then, workers and companies have had to keep up. Web browsers, email platforms, and phone apps are just a few of the technology tools that are embedded in the workplace. Now there are clouds, web-based collaboration spaces,…

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3 Questions to Ask About the “Future of Work” 

By MBO Partners

The future. It’s always out on the horizon. How will things look in 5, 10, 20 years? And how can we prepare ourselves today for the most likely scenario? The” future of work” has become a buzz phrase. What does it actually mean? The world of work has always shifted and changed in response to…

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Three Challenges Independent Creators Face and How to Overcome Them

By MBO Partners

Independent digital content creators are influencers, entertainers, artists, educators, writers, thought leaders, and more who make their living by using their skills or knowledge to create online digital content. In the influencer age, this is an enticing career path that many people are trying their hand at. But being a digital content creator doesn’t come…

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What Independent Digital Content Creators Can Bring to Your Enterprise

By MBO Partners

Digital content creators are a unique group of independent professionals. Combining interesting content with technical prowess, they have become an integral part of the digital environment. Primarily monetizing their businesses through a mix of advertising revenue, sponsorships, subscriptions, and product sales, creators in the US now number around 8 million people. According to our research,…

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Independent Digital Content Creators: 5 Traits

By MBO Partners

Independent creators are a group of full- and part-time entrepreneurs and small business owners who monetize their knowledge and skills through online digital content. This group has increased 14% from 2022, becoming one of the fastest-growing self-employment and independent work segments. Entertainers, artists, writers, videographers, influencers, and thought leaders are all independent creators who earn…

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3 Keys to Maximize the Benefits of Open Innovation

By Keaton Swett

The business value of open innovation lies in its ability to drive creativity, flexibility, and efficiency by leveraging external resources and perspectives. Through open innovation challenges for its customers, MindSumo provides benefits that include: Accelerated innovation cycles. Instead of relying only on internal R&D, enterprises can leverage external ideas to bring new products and services…

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Job Security Is Evaporating. Now What? 

By Thomas Lutrell

A person’s employment over multiple decades is a thing of the past. The notion of a gold-watch retirement has entered the realm of myth—to anyone in the younger generations of the workforce, such a thing borders on unbelievable. Instead, workforce cutbacks and layoffs have become almost commonplace.   The Employed Entrepreneur While a steady paycheck, benefits,…

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“Tethered Nomadism” – Unintended Consequences of Return to Office Mandates

By Rowena Hennigan

In the wake of a global shift towards remote work, a once-niche lifestyle choice gained mass appeal: digital nomadism. Offices were vacated in favor of makeshift desks in living rooms, beachside resorts, or highland mountain retreats, proving that for many, work was no longer a place but a task that could be performed from any…

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9 Ways to Include AI in Your Workforce

By MBO Partners

Workforce optimization—establishing a strategic mix of employees and contractors—will likely be redefined in the next few years. With AI coming on the scene in a big way, speculations swirl in the business community about how it will change the way work is done. Will it cause jobs to be lost as it takes on roles…

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In-Demand Skill Sets for Today’s Workforce

By MBO Partners

As the business world enters a new digital reality dominated by AI, the skills needed in the workforce are changing. As a result, skills that were once nice to have or useful in special circumstances are in ever-higher demand. Soft Skills Become Power Skills In the past, enterprises considered roles in the context of “technical…

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