A cup of joe in the morning is about as American as apple pie and the statistics back that up. A 2018 study by the National Coffee Association found that 64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee everyday. Most, however, do not indulge in those expensive cafes that seem to be on every street corner in 2019. Most of the 3,000 people surveyed (79%) said they brewed their coffee at home before work.
Education technology company Avado released a white paper in 2018 that said 32% of workers will need to completely retrain at their current positions within 12 years. Savvy companies wishing to stay ahead of the curve are constantly training their employees on new technology and trends that maximize efficiency and accuracy. Other companies view additional training as a catch-22. Untrained employees, their mistakes and inefficiencies will likely cost companies more in the long run. But learning and development (L&D) can be expensive, particularly when investment in training leads to employees leaving the company for higher paying positions with better benefits.
The 2019 workplace is a potpourri of humanity with everything from 18-year-old entry-level employees to 60-year-olds putting in those final years to maximize Social Security payouts. But when it comes to the open office layout, the differences in generations begins to show themselves.
There are concerted efforts at both the local and national levels not only to combat climate change, but also to protect the planet’s most precious resource: air. Many states and municipalities, particularly the San Francisco Bay Area, have enacted legislation to encourage the use of low-emission vehicles, carpooling and solar energy. But its air quality indoors, particularly in office settings, that requires immediate attention.
Government incentives and lower insurance payments are the primary reasons workplace wellness programs are the norm in 2019. Company culture is also separating the haves from the have-nots when it comes to recruiting and retaining the best talent.
The United States was once a hub for manufacturing, which meant many workers made a living in that sector. Federal Reserve data show that 30% of American non-farm jobs were in the manufacturing sector in 1949. When you combined those workers with retail, mining, construction and hospitality, that meant more than 60% of American workers were on their feet, moving around for most of their workdays. Manufacturing jobs account for only about 8% of all jobs today, the lowest ever. More than 86% of Americans sit all day for their jobs in 2019.