Nothing is permanent, but a CHANGE!
“Hey, why are you looking so stressed?” asked a young woman in a white shirt.
“Don’t ask. Everything is changing so fast these days. It’s tough to keep up with it at the workplace,” her friend replied.
“Now what happened? You liked your work, isn’t it?” the young woman enquired again.
“Yeah I still do, but there’s always a pressure to perform the best. Also, the world is changing at a clock speed rate; I don’t know what we should be learning. You have been working for long, how have you been managing?” her friend replied in a worried tone.
“It’s simple actually, just observe where the real change is happening and keep yourself updated accordingly,” replied the young smart woman.
Now, this is the conversation I overheard once while travelling in a train. The discussion was between the two educated and decently experienced women. While it’s bothersome to travel in trains sometimes, but trust me there are many life and management lessons that I learned from a local train travelling. Well, I will cover that sometime, but for now, let’s stick to the current topic.
With accelerating transformation at the workplace, it seems like an impossible task to build skills for the future. Technology has changed every aspect of the way businesses operates and in a way we never thought it would. The change has occurred so fast that keeping up with what we need to know and learn consumes a lot of our time and attention. We are living in an era where we cannot predict the new tools and technologies we will need to adopt tomorrow.
While we have managed to update our operating systems, smartphones, laptops, we completely forget to update our skills, our beliefs and habits.
Change in the role of Managers from being gatekeepers of knowledge to being facilitators of learning.
Of course, giving up is not the solution. Rather, aspiring leaders need to shift their roles from being gatekeepers of knowledge to being facilitators of learning, put their teams on the driver’s seat and provide them with self-learning resources. That will not just help them in developing the much-needed skills, but also a soft skill they will use and improve over the years.
Qualities of a good leader:
Power to the people
Earlier, to take any training, employees had to submit a request and wait for the manager’s approval to get on the learning and development training calendar. Now, the businesses are moving too fast for that. A lot of companies have adopted the culture where learning resources are open for all. Through a self-learning platform of educational content, the employees can apply and learn new skills as needed.
There is another trend that is gradually changing – the employee should only be entitled to learn skills directly related to their current job role. When everything is changing so fast, this practice is not practical. The evolution of automation and artificial intelligence technology is so swift that the job descriptions are also changing regularly. A more fluid approach fits today as the career path is no longer linear anymore.
In today’s world, it is difficult to tell which will be the next hot skill. So, it is wise for companies to invest in talent development. It is not just to encourage learning culture but also helps in analysing data on how, when and what people are learning. These data can be further used to design other programmes and guide other employees to the right resources.
It is a shared responsibility of the employer and the employee to keep up with the current skill sets. It’s difficult to guess the trend of tomorrow, but one thing we can be sure of is that the ability to learn and willingness to adapt will be the much-needed skills for tomorrow.