Raising the curtain
It is writing on the wall. What we need to read carefully and understand is the implications of automation in world of work. Yes! World of work is changing faster than ever before. Technology in many areas is not only going to impact the way we have been working so far but also the personal lives we are going to lead. The emergence of new technologies will continue to appear on surface impacting the workplaces thereby compelling all of us to change the job designs. Automation is going to rule the workplaces. In coming decade as researches indicate, most of the jobs will be taken over by technology, automation and robotics. So, in this possible picture, what would be the workforce of future? What jobs would emerge and what would vanish? What skills would be preferred and what would be obsolete? These are few questions; every business and HR leader in specific should be grappling with.
Workforce of the future is to be prepared to adapt with new technologies and work environment highly influenced by use of automation in virtual world. Organisations are to be restructured and business processes are to be redesigned .This is a daunting task and will be exasperating. To sail smoothly through technological turbulences in business world, right mindset with adequate ecosystem is required to be put in place. Only then, skill shift and job redesign would be possible.
There should be no confusion that the technology and automation is going to take away most of the routine and mundane jobs of labour. Many of the present jobs may not be visible in near future. But at the same time, many more new jobs with newer skills will emerge. Here, the role of HR leaders becomes crucial. They have to own and steer the efforts of understanding the skills shift, job redesign, creating an agile workplace and prepare the workforce for the future to live and breathe with technology. They have to minimise organisational risk in such environment. They need to combine the vision, insight and strategy to understand business requirements and create a workforce compatible to the needs.HR leaders are now also required to make people believe that it is not an impending threat intended to replace humans at work. Technology as experienced in past too has always enabled than to disrupt.HR leaders need to first understand and analyse the skills gap of their people and then invest in re-skilling and up-skilling at advance level. The responsibility lies with the organisations to create a culture of continuous learning to meet the challenges. People need to stay beyond automation and robortics in every aspect. People will perform things that machines cannot. After all technology is created by human and itís required to have control over technology.
April 2019 cover story is all about synthesizing the workforce of future, impact of technology on people and jobs, future skills people will be required to possess at faster speed and all this has been done very intelligently by renowned HR experts of the country. There is a lot of learning for all.
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