Baltimore has a proud history of maritime trading and financial services. Bubbling under is a burgeoning market of small, tech-driven industries, that offer unique challenges to employers and employees alike. Take the ‘ghost kitchen’ delivery outlets, for example – the crafty combination of smartphone innovations and speedy food delivery have created a whole new aspect of eating out.
What does this mean for someone looking to stay on top in the market? The key for all members of the workforce chain is to get savvy with technology. The city has never been more awash with crafty new devices, from sponsored toys for students to quality of life boosting apps.
Embracing the culture of flexibility
The expensive and power-intensive costs of hardware mean that many classic businesses are forced to operate out of offices. Smartphones are making office work a thing of a past as their powerful processors and ultra-mobile nature makes work on the go the status quo. HR will be looking for ways to harness this. Developers at Advance Systems Inc have suggested that digitally managed workforces will become the norm. For the individual worker, this means being flexible and open to having your time managed the smart way; through phone apps, constant contact. There are benefits to be had, too, with employers more accountable. Given that Maryland brought in mandatory sick pay on February 11th, it’s a good time to get up to date with modern workforce management and ensure you’re getting paid.
Emphasizing employee wellness
Following the publishing of various reports advocating for the positive business effect on employee wellness, Baltimore business has started to take note. Even regional giant T. Rowe Price promote wellness in their products, and HR professionals around the city are looking to find ways to tie in wellness as part of their benefits package. As an employer, you should see wellness incentives as a must-have and something that can pull in new talent. For the job hunter, be aware of that focus and make sure you assert your rights.
Upskilling workers and yourself
Amazon made headlines back in August when their Baltimore fulfillment center recruitment drive attracted 20,000 people for 1,200 positions. Why? Their job adverts didn’t require bespoke skills and instead spoke to soft skills, recognizing the difficulty in locating fully trained warehouse workers. Employers and HR can expect to find great quality workers if they focus on soft skills; similarly, those looking for a new role should remain open-minded and open to upskilling, even if it’s to a seemingly less desirable role.
Baltimore has a number of burgeoning industries. Even the more basic sounding ones, like warehouse work, require a specific set of skills and, crucially, an open mind. And that goes for employer and employee.