Is your workforce future-ready?
How Lifelong Learning can help build the skills and capabilities needed to thrive tomorrow
COVID-19 has forced employers and governments to explore new work structures to protect workers and citizens from environments where they might be at risk of contracting the virus. For many organizations, these factors have ushered in a period of collective uncertainty about what the future holds—for workers, their work, and the physical workplace.
Many leading organizations, however, are realizing that over half of their workers will need to augment their skills and capabilities to position the organization for long-term success. Most leaders agree their workforce doesn’t have all the skills that will be required in the future—that the workers aren’t future-ready—and that their learning ecosystem is not currently designed to solve this problem. Traditional academic institutions and educators are not necessarily mandated to prepare people to be workers of the future.
Organizations need to give their teams access to the tools to help reinvent themselves, empowering them to think differently, act differently, and work differently. To create this new mindset in their worker, an organization must be willing to approach learning differently.
A new culture must be nurtured, one in which workers welcome the opportunities to continuously refresh their skills and capabilities so they can thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced world. To create this mindset shift in their employees, organizations need to adopt a fresh approach: lifelong learning.
Over the last several decades, everything from technology and society to politics and individual needs has dramatically evolved. Because of these changes, ideas around work have shifted, too. Right now, employees want to work for companies that are making a difference in the world.
Paradox as a path forward