Human resource professionals prepare for trends in recruiting with the understanding of the aging workforce in today’s business environment. These trends are reason why modifications are needed in HR policies and strategies of the organization. Keeping up with key business trends will benefit the organization with a knowledgeable and mature workforce. Acquiring knowledge based employees will assist managers with coming up with creative ideas when implementing new processes for the office while exploring new ways of doing business more efficiently. Knowledge workers are key individuals within the organization that can offer their experiences, ideas, interpretations, and problem-solving advice to management when needed. Managers of these individuals are knowledge workers as well, which makes their job much easier to achieve goals of the organization.
Knowledge workers have an extensive background in experience and are educated. These are people who have to use their critical thinking skills for a living. Knowledge workers are typically your professors, architects, doctors, nurses, attorneys, financial, and technology experts. A more descriptive definition of a knowledge worker is a person who makes a living having to develop or use knowledge or information. Some say the knowledge worker dominates the current business workforce. Many employees who resign from their employment become independent contractors or business owners by marketing their skills and experience acquired working for their former employer. Sometimes a knowledge worker can benefit from having the driving force of knowledge. One can start his or her own business for instance. These knowledge base workers can absorb more knowledge in areas they would not have the opportunity to learn if they would have stayed at their previous job.
Recruiting knowledge-based staff can bring initiatives for knowledge sharing and developing an organizational culture that strengthens a team learning atmosphere. Hire workers who demonstrations energy, vision, and integrity while interviewing. Communication is the key to good productivity of a knowledge worker. Poor communication between employees can often hurt the office productivity because of a minor misunderstanding to a simple request for information from the manager or co-worker. Management should develop ways of containing organizational knowledge through his or her knowledge workers by supporting employees in sharing ideas giving input to ways to enhance productivity and business. Let the employees collaborate among themselves and come together collectively with ways to move the business forward beating the competition in times of a tough economy.