Predictions about everything from artificial intelligence (AI) to robotics from different channels make exciting the future of work.
One thing nobody would surely cast a shadow of doubt over on this is the fact that technology is going to be at the centre of everything: one key player shaking up the way we do business.
In the light of this, in a matter of a few years from now, the skills that will be needed to perform our work will be greatly novel to our experience as triggered by the emerging advancements in technology and particularly capital intensive mode of operation.
This would, therefore, as a consequence, means people will need to learn how to adapt to working in collaboration with advanced and smarter technology.
One thing that’s certain, the application of smarter tech would no doubt animate efficiency greatly in our industries, but the efficiency, or merit to say, won’t come without its puzzling challenges as far as the workplace is concerned.
One of these would definitely be on how to find the means and strategy to prepare the current employees for the future of work, and the new skills requisite to their success once it’s on arrival. In brief, how does your future prove your workplace skills as new technologies emerge in it?
Factors That Would Redefine The Work Place
There are some key factors that would redefine the future of work.
As reported by the World Economic Forum, the factors with the possibility of changing the outlooks for the workplace of the future may include a larger share of the workforce transitioning to remote roles, the increasingly expanding global workplace, large scale automation of employee tasks, and entrepreneurial endeavours.
How will the future of work look?
We are likely to see workers taking on roles that are increasingly fast in pace and often involving managing automated and robotic functions while needing to be adaptable to facilitate changes in tech.
Virtual meeting and communication tools are what will chair the future. Employees would be needing to employ these to communicate with others in the world.
How to prepare your present employees for the future of work?
To succeed in every organization, there’s always a need to be futuristic thoughtful. Coming up with ways to prepare your current employees for the future of work is one way an employer can think and act ahead. Here are some ways to go about this.
1) Asses employees(checking out the skills they have and the ones they don’t)
Getting ready for the future entails having a clear idea of what skills your employees have currently in juxtaposition to those they will need in a short distant time to come. Put to the recording of all the skills your employees have gotten. Send out a survey or create skills assessments to determine where those lines are. This is an exercise that must be taken with all sense of seriousness, as it will to a large extent determine those tasks or skills that would be prioritized in the process of providing training for the ones that employees are in lack.
2) Talk to Other Professionals.
Good interaction and brainstorming with other employers or professionals in the same industry can keep you in the loop when it comes to knowing the best strategy to take in keeping your employees relevant for your future career. And it doesn’t have to be done in the traditional networking meeting setting either. Consider joining industry groups, both virtual and in-person.
3) Fashion out the learning process.
As soon as employee skills and were they are lacking are discovered and itemized; and you’ve also gotten yourself familiarize with the modus operandi of helping them out, the next move is to prioritize: looking at ways to train employees for those particularly useful skills needed for their efficiency in the near-future work environment.
However, this can be difficult to predict, as there are likely updates to software or changes in the work environment such as the addition of robotics or AI systems. One way to go about this is to instil a careful review of the skills needed for each new job type as they are created or filled with new workers.
Then you should lastly determine the most effective way to deliver the learning material.
At least a portion of your current workforce will be gone in the next 5 to 10 years so think about succession planning now
It’s advisable to start planning and hiring for the future as studies have proven that most new employees leave within the space of 2-3 years not to mention a decade. Knowing those realities of modern business, it pays to think about how you’ll fill your ranks for the future.
The focus should be on recruiting employees who have the skill sets needed for future roles in your business.
Special attention should be also paid to candidates who are noticed to demonstrate soft skills and quick learning potential; and who must have particularly worked in AI or technology-related industries.
Finally, We should know that we’re living in a rapidly changing world and thus, the nature of work and its environment will also continue to evolve as well.
Though there’s no doubt that it would be impossible to know the shapes of every aspect of what the future will take, the above tips however can at least prepare you for the volatility of the ever technologically invented future as long as work is concerned.