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Are we playing with robots or against them?

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According to the Future of Jobs Report (World Economic Forum), by 2022 the skills required to perform most jobs will have shifted dramatically.

Skills that will become increasingly important and necessary include: active learning, analytical thinking and technology design. And while technological competency will be critical, the good news is that human skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will be increasingly important as necessary. The same goes for attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and complex problem-solving.

Emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence as well as service orientation will also see an increase in demand compared to 2018/19.

So what do we need to do?

We need to learn, grow and evolve with technology. We need to become lifelong learners

The Future of Jobs Report also states that, “on average, employees will need 101 days of retraining and upskilling in the period up to 2022.”

Employers will have a far greater requirement for their workplace to stay relevant and competitive. Four trends have been identified in the transformation of the workplace, these being: soft skills, work flexibility, anti-harassment and pay transparency. Of these four, soft skills is deemed to be the most important at 91% (The hard reality of soft skills: LinkedIN). In addition to this, 92% of the individuals surveyed believe soft skills are just as important (if not more important) than hard skills and 80% say soft skills are critical to company success.

I don’t like the term ‘soft skills’. I believe they are essential skills. They include a complex combination of capabilities such as: empathy, emotional intelligence, creativity, being able to collaborate and communicate, to name but a few. These are essential for success.

And how do we keep pace or stay ahead?

The reality is, these skills are often not identified in the recruitment process. Their evidence (or lack thereof), often only becomes apparent when an individual is on the job. Employers need to, therefore, become more skilled in the interviewing process, even using tools or assessments to assess those skills.

The pace of technological change means that people need to learn new skills and evolve as quickly as the machines they operate. We need to adapt to change at a far quicker pace.

We also need to embrace the culture of lifelong learning. Striving, on a daily basis, to keep abreast and to stay on top. We need to learn, we need to grow, we need to evolve. That’s how we will survive and succeed in through the 4th Industrial Revolution.

CorporateWise is a training company and HR consultancy, which offers both the assessments tools and necessary essential skills training to ensure that people do just that. Contact: [email protected]

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