What 2017 Workplace Trends Mean for Senior Managers and Executives

By Irene McConnell

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Anywhere you look these days you’ll see Donald Trump.

Settling into his new job in his own inimitable way.

The Donald.

Cheeto Benito.

Whatever nickname feels cathartic for you, it’s hard to deny his impact on the global scene.

From climate change to foreign policy, to “fake news” and alternative facts, to trade and immigration, his indisputably erratic opinions and actions are likely to touch your life, your career, your team—and your company’s business this year.

And yet, he’s just one guy.

So much has happened this year, Trump-related and otherwise.

Here’s our list of top 4 workplace trends of 2017, as we prepare to wrap up this very unusual year.


Sodexo puts out an annual study that links workplace trends to world affairs. And discussing the influence of migratory workers is one area they handled particularly well this year.

In the aftermath of Brexit—and with migrant workers still streaming into the EU—employers are figuring out how, if at all, to integrate the new workers and how to find the talent they need.

A few examples:

  • McDonald’s in Germany has hired more than 900 people. But doing so required that they offer online German language certification for some 20,000 people.
  • Microsoft provided desktop computers to refugees in the same country to help them take said courses, and to look for work online.
  • No surprise to you, tension still abounds throughout Europe with the assimilation of these workers. And after a new ruling, it’s official that Uber drivers in London will be forced to learn English.

This melting pot scenario (migrant workers + local EU or UK culture + American corporation) is a trend we’ll be seeing more of.

But that’s only one side of the immigration story. There’s also Trump’s travel ban which, well, we all know how popular that’s been.

Let’s just say that Silicon Valley engineers with green cards are being welcomed into Canada. So watch for Canadian expansion of some U.S. tech firms. In fact, Amazon Vancouver is looking to hire 700+ people in 2017.

An uptick in the creation of Canadian tech startups this year is predicted to follow.

Don’t forget about the infamous “wall” Trump has promised to build between the U.S. and Mexico.

This, if it happens, has all sorts of manufacturing and trade implications for American and international businesses. Not to mention for the labor market, both skilled and unskilled.

However, don’t hold your breath on that one.

As cynical American comedian Bill Burr joked…

“How long is it going to take to build that wall? How much is it going to cost? How many times are you going to go to Home Depot? How big is this thing going to be? Look how long it took to build the Freedom Tower, and we wanted that. That took 15 years. By the time they build that thing we’re gonna be the ones going over it.”

But seriously, how prepared is your company for change of this magnitude?

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