The digital transformation that we have
seen in the last few years has changed the landscape of the workplace
dramatically. With the digital age, so-called “old-school” methods of working,
recruiting and even learning have all been disrupted. In this period of flux,
and the harkening of the fourth industrial revolution, businesses have the
opportunity to embrace this fully but what does the future of work actually
look like for businesses, recruiters and employees?
notion of a change in the culture of work is not new, the First Industrial
Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries immediately coming to mind. This
revolution resulted in faster manufacturing processes, which changed how work
was completed, and the skills necessary to do this. With the fourth revolution
underway, similar trends can be seen, in the nature of work, the workplace and
the workforce itself.
with the industrial revolution, we find ourselves having to re-establish the
relationship between man and machine. Tasks have been made easier by
digitisation and labour itself is changed by the growing dependence on digital
workspaces. Menial tasks are allocated to digital platforms, which in itself
disrupts existing jobs, but it also opens up a world of opportunity for new
jobs, and even to add and develop existing jobs.
this opens up a discussion about what skills will be necessary in this shifting
landscape, what employers will look for in potential workers, and what will
distinguish a candidate. In recent years, there has been greater emphasis on
continuous learning, problem solving, interpretation and effective
is a newfound emphasis on flexibility, which is both advantageous for the
employee as well as the employer. This flexibility, and the dependence of
employers on freelancers and gig workers, help businesses to be nimbler, and to
employ workers with specific skills that are relevant and allow for greater
efficiency and creativity. The notion of flexibility lends itself to a
rethinking of location of work. Digitisation allows for remote working, and a
shift in the traditional ideas about company culture, as more and more
employees work from home or other remote locations.
is exciting to see the development of what skills are seen as important, and
digital literacy is one of them. I remember thinking how strange it was when
hearing about a young girl who was in her first year of schooling learning
basic coding, but this is a definite indication of how education is shifting to
teach the skills necessary to thrive in in the fourth revolution.
While we can see some distinct shifts in
the landscape of work, what it will look like is not exact. We are undoubtably
in a season of change, where established norms are being challenged and notions
of flexibility, which in the past was considered an uncertain perk in a job,
are being embraced and seen as more of a given in the modern workspace.
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