Blog entry by Majozi Academy
It is without a doubt that the world of work has changed drastically over the past two decades. The 4IR buzzword isn't a far-fetched phenomenon anymore. Think about how technology has impacted or perhaps revolutionalized your work. Much of the processes in today's manufacturing and some sectors like IT and banking are automated. In education, we now hear about self-paced, responsive, and directed learning based on how one progresses. The pace at which work is changing is extremely fast. Leaders need to pay attention to the skills that their teams possess.
The question should always be how the current skills the team has can move the organization towards a competitive and sustainable future while addressing the issues at hand i.e. inclusivity, responsibly trading, and the disruptions due to technology.think about it ...
It is often said by learning & development (L&D) practitioners that even for large organizations, when finances are not going as planned, staff development is the first thing that goes out the window, followed by retrenchments. Maybe one would then qualify that for some organizations, it is not as bad, but the budget is generally reduced under similar situations for the staff development department. Has this been your experience as an L&D practitioner, or perhaps, you saw this from your experience in the organizations that you worked for?
In today's workplace, regardless of the type of your occupation, developing yourself is a critical thing to do. We hold that people, where possible, should always find ways to leverage technology for basic and repetitive tasks so they can focus on high-level work. You might have noticed a push back from this notion is mostly politically motivated or it's by people that are not willing to grow. This isn't an easy thing to do. As an employee, be ahead of your organization in terms of how to carry out your role. This is not just good advice, it's a matter of job security. Employees who are always ahead and innovative, driving progress and saving the company money, have a better chance of keeping their jobs when tough times come. Wouldn't you agree?
Organizations, on the other hand, have an (ethical) obligation to up-skill their workforce for the sake of the future of the company. It might be an obvious thing to say, but organizations are as good as their employees. They tend to attract the best in the field and then do their best to retain them. It is for this reason that we partner with businesses in making sure that they are preparing their workforce for the future of work.
Never be complacent, keep learning, be sharp, be relevant, be the future ...
Here are some resources you could look at regarding the future of work and the importance of upskilling yourself and your team.
- PwC report on the future of work: Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030
- Some good reads from Deloitte: Future of work
- OECD Report: Getting Skills Right: South Africa - Key drivers of skills demand and supply in South Africa