We need to start thinking differently. In this digital world, success will not always require a college degree, but will rely heavily on the appetite for continuous skills development. Leaders must nurture employee's curiosity and learnability so they remain employable in the future of work.
Here are 3 steps employers can take to boost their workforce strategy to prepare for digital transformation, changing business models and shifting skill needs.
1 Hire for Learnability
Employers can no longer rely on a spot market for talent. We need people with learnability – the desire and ability to develop in-demand skills to be employable for the long-term. Employability today is less about what you already know and more about your capacity to learn.
2 Identify Skills Adjacencies
Set people up for success. Map out skill needs, then assess and identify candidates with adjacent skills sets - those skills that are closely connected and can be adapted to new roles. Build on proven talents and equip people to shift from traditional to digital skillsets. See how ManpowerGroup and the Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute defined and mapped 165 leading-edge manufacturing roles.
3 Develop Digital Leaders
While 80% of leadership capabilities remain the same – adaptability, drive, endurance and brightness – a new style of leadership is required for the digital age. Leaders today must dare to lead and be prepared to fail fast. They need to nurture learnability, accelerate performance and foster entrepreneurialism. And of course, they must unleash potential in others. How ready are you to lead in the digital age?
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