30 July 2019

What does the future of work demand from new hires?

In a world where four day work weeks are becoming more prominent, where the 4th Industrial Revolution is imminent and where over half the US workforce will be Freelancing by 2020, it is important to know what the uncertain future of work will demand from new hires.

1.   Continuous Learning  

An important skill to have in the future of work will be that of continuous learning. With the fast-changing landscape of work and the development of new technologies, keeping your skills relevant has never been more important. Being able to embrace new ways of thinking and to take on challenges will differentiate you and make you a valuable asset to businesses.

2.  Critical and Adaptive Thinking

Being able to come up with creative and novel solutions for problems is becoming more and more essential in the workspace. Likewise, being able to adapt in the shifting work landscape is also important, especially in the uncertain market that we find ourselves in.

3.  Embracing Change  

The traditional model of a set career path has been majorly disrupted in recent years. To succeed in today’s climate, you need to be open to opportunities and change. Focus on moving forward, but do not be closed to potentially moving in a completely different direction to the one you thought you would follow.

4.   Interpersonal Communication Skills 

The importance of communication skills, especially in a progressively digitised space, is increasing. The ability to speak to others, and use the correct diction and tone is going to be a sought-after skill in the workplace.

5.   Emotional Intelligence 

With the growing reliance on digital platforms, there is a greater need for emotional intelligence in the workplace. Machines cannot replace people in this regard, and there is a need for employees to be sensitive towards others, regardless of their age, race, sexual orientation or class. The way you conduct yourself will influence the image of the company so make sure that you can represent your brand to the best of your ability.

6.   New Media Literacy 

In a data driven market, the ability to work with technology and to understand how it impacts business is essential. The fourth industrial revolution means that you need to have an ability to learn and use this new media.



Created by: Brittany Vinnicombe