What You Need to Know to Be a Digital Innovator
In a rapidly changing world the jobs that make up our economy are transforming as fast as the products we use. The majority of children born today will one day pursue careers that do not even exist yet, and many jobs in advanced economies are at risk of being automated within the next 20 years. Digital innovations have completely changed the working environment as we know it.
Keeping up with the effects of this digital transformation on the workforce is a priority for CEOs and HR professionals. However, few companies are well equipped to thrive in this new work climate where everything is driven by technology. Organizations are using digital technologies, mobile devices and data analysis to find newer, faster and cheaper ways of doing business.
“It’s an enabler that makes innovation happen,” says Arne-Christian van der Tang, chief HR officer at TomTom.
However, this requires structural, cultural and process changes in the workforce to support the flexibility and innovation needed to keep up with the changes in digital technologies. Today’s employees need specific behavioral skills to manage information, adapt quickly and work effectively in the modern workplace. This new ”digital behavior” differs from the skills employees previously needed to be successful in their work. Digital transformation comes from developing employees and adapting internal processes accordingly to ensure that they know how to work effectively in the digital workplace.
Thomas de Zeeuw, managing director at Aon’s Assessment Solutions in the Netherlands, says a digital-ready workforce is the basis for making innovation possible. Therefore, it is important for employers to know if their workforce is digital-ready.
But what do we actually mean by digital readiness?
This paper takes a look at how digital transformation affects workforce needs and examines how employers can create a workforce that is not only digital-ready but that has the skills needed to adapt to changing technologies and industry needs in the future.
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