Digitalisation, training and the future of work

Our lives have long been digitalised. Digitalisation must now be adopted in all areas of the world of work. What does this mean for the future of businesses and their co-workers?

The status quo

The digitalisation of all areas of the economy is noticeable, if not as quick and intense everywhere. It influences the way in which customers demand products and how companies supply them. More and more trade and service businesses are going online; small family businesses need to have an Internet presence to compete with the market leaders. Human resources are increasingly being replaced by automated processes and computer algorithms. This means major changes for companies and their employees, which don’t always run smoothly.

The challenge

Digitalised processes relieve us of routine work. At the same time, they create a situation in which employees need to learn new, more complex work tasks more quickly. Jobs change or are entirely eliminated, while completely new professions emerge. The need for well-trained experts with digital competence is therefore enormous.

How do we approach this?

Basic and advanced training is dependent on how we, as a society, organise this change. The most important aspect is to observe developments in the labour market and react to them promptly. One thing is already clear: Digital know-how is crucial, whether you are an expert or a CEO.

What does basic and advanced training need to provide today?

Experts must be able to abstract conclusions, understand processes and systems, as well as add new skills. Teams need to apply an interdisciplinary approach to shared projects, establish networks and take an agile approach. New technologies are being integrated into the work process at an increasingly rapid pace. Co-workers need to learn to resolve problems independently and to adopt new knowledge.

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