Working Conversations Episode 132:

FOBO Is On the Rise (Fear of Becoming Obsolete)

Ever felt the creeping dread that your skills might become outdated in our fast-paced world of generative AI, automation, and relentless technological advancements?

You're not alone.

Enter FOBO, the Fear of Becoming Obsolete, a compelling phenomenon making waves across workplaces worldwide.

What's particularly fascinating about FOBO is the surge in concern among two distinct groups: the first, individuals aged 18-34 with a college degree, and the second, professionals earning more than $100,000 per year. From 2021 to 2023, FOBO in these categories has spiked by a notable 12%.

But what exactly is FOBO, and why is it capturing the attention of both seasoned experts and emerging talent?

In this episode, I explore how this force is shaping our careers, pushing boundaries, and challenging us to remain at the forefront of innovation. You’ll learn why it can help keep your skills sharp and your company innovating, and what to do if you’re experiencing FOBO yourself.

Whether you're a forward-thinking professional, a business leader, or someone curious about the dynamics of the modern workplace, this episode will empower you to turn FOBO into a force for innovation and excellence.

Listen and catch the full episode here or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also watch it and replay it on my YouTube channel, JanelAndersonPhD.

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