We have been made to believe recently that automation could be taking over thousands of jobs in the not so distant future. But it could in fact be less about losing jobs and more about learning to adapt in order to retain the jobs we currently have.
Technologies are transforming the way we go about our working lives, promising greater efficiency, productivity and new business opportunities. However, some people are worried that this increased efficiency is going to push them out of a job because a robot can do the job better or faster.
The truth is that most of these technologies will still require human teams, so we need to begin looking at the positive impact technology can have and how these two worlds can collaborate and work together to reach full potential.
Changing current skillset
There needs to be a major rethink of what skills your business and its employees will need in the next five years or so in order to make the most of any technological advancements. Start by building a clear understanding of any changes that need to be made in order to adapt and be prepared for the re-skill process to take time. If we pretend it isn’t happening and just continue to work in the same way without adaptation, we will not get the results that are intended.
Employees will need to be equipped with more digitally focused skills. Other changes could involve automating routine tasks so that employees have an opportunity to focus on higher value tasks rather than executing repetitive administrative tasks.
Altering training methods
Not only do we obviously have to change what we are teaching, but the ways in which we teach are changing too. There is a movement from classroom based training to an e-learning based approach. We have to realise that introducing technology in this way is going to have a positive impact on the workplace, and integrating it with human ability will create a faster, more engaged learning process.
Recruit a diverse workforce
When it comes to recruitment, businesses need to attract and hire an appropriate balance of skills. Referring back to the skillset requirements, employers need to think ahead as to what skills the future workforce demands and hire accordingly. Introducing more people with a greater diversity of skills or from a range of industry backgrounds will assist in bringing new and fresh ideas into the workplace.
The shift into a technology based workplace is not going to be a straightforward process, the most important thing we can do is start laying the foundations now so that we are prepared. If we want to retain our jobs then it is all about adapting and collaborating with technology, rather than pushing it to one side.