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The workforce of the future is agile and distributed, with 20% working from home and many wearing multiple hats. As AI augmentation and IT automation change what tasks will be completed by humans and which will make human involvement obsolete, skills and knowledge gaps are poised to widen rapidly over the next five years.
How can you prepare your company for the future, and ensure you have access to top talent as job descriptions evolve and required skills become more specific? The answer lies in adjusting your talent strategy and workforce planning to focus on upskilling and reskilling, providing learning and development opportunities to existing employees, and identifying those ready for advancement.
Research from the World Economic Forum (WEF) notes that 50% of all employees will require reskilling by 2025. The top ten skills that are expected to be in demand as new jobs emerge include:
Technology skills are highest on the list, as artificial intelligence and machine learning infiltrate and become part of the fabric or nearly all workplaces. Not everyone needs to be proficient in AI/ML processes, but a basic understanding of the concept is required for resiliency and employee retention.
Critical thinking and high-level cognitive skills will also be in demand to help companies innovate and grow. This includes being able to troubleshoot the new problems advanced adoption of technology can bring to the table, especially in areas of cybersecurity.
Five of the top ten skills fall within this area, and you can set employees up to develop them by creating an environment that rewards the use of brainpower.
A highly distributed workforce by its nature requires self-starters who can work with minimal direction. Seek out the employees in your organization who have the potential for self-management, and make them even more effective by providing learning opportunities to further develop their skills.
Finally, people skills are critical not just for customer-facing roles, but for internal management.
Censia can develop your Ideal Candidate Models to fill skills and knowledge gaps, then create Complete Talent Profiles for your current employees. The odds are good that perfect people already exist within your organization to step into the breach and help future-proof your company. You just have to find, train, and prepare them for their new roles, and then you’ll be able to reap the benefits of an upgraded workforce and internal mobility.