Every passing day, the world as we know it evolves. From the way we communicate to the way workplaces operate, the age of technology continues to change our approach to work. However, this idea of a 4th Industrial Revolution is not some alien concept looming in the distant future. It’s happening – becoming – right now. In other words, the future of work in South Africa is unfolding as we speak.
What does this mean for people who are already part of the workforce or students who will join it in future? What does it mean for you as a business organisation? It means different things for different people, but they all entail a proactive approach to fostering a conducive work environment. In this article, we discuss a few ways for you to get ready for the future of work.
Allow Employees in Your Organisation To Learn from Others with Rare Skill Sets
Unique skills in the digital space are gaining currency in the workplace. A vast majority of employees don’t have these skills but are expected to compete in a job market that requires them. Grow the skills in your organisation by facilitating an exchange or transference of skills that are useful in your field.
Incorporate the Latest Digital Tools into The Workplace
There are many devices and software that can be introduced into work environments to improve efficiency. Explore what’s on the market for your industry and equip your workforce with the knowledge and skills required to navigate these digital tools.
Nurture A Culture of Digital Innovation & Engagement
Your organisation must be fearless in the face of change. Listen to ideas from the ground and encourage your employees to interact with digital technology in the workplace.
Provide Opportunities for Your Employees to Upskill Through Relevant Courses
There are institutions that specialise in teaching skills that make employees relevant in the workplace for years to come. At Assessment College, we offer an array of such courses that help people upskill and progress in their fields. Make sure your employees have the option to improve themselves through formal education as well.
Think back to your workplace five years ago. Compare it to now. Is it the same? If your answer is “yes”, then perhaps it’s time to start making some changes. If not, it’s still an indication that you should continue adapting to these changes. The future of work in South Africa is now, and you don’t want to get left behind.