How to Stop Worrying About a Jobless Future? An article from Jean-Marc Tassetto, co-founder of Coorpacademy
Digital business transformation and training expert Jean-Marc Tassetto, co-founder of Coorpacademy and former head of Google France, says new ways of helping employees to ’upskill’ are on their way.
Here are some extracts of the article:
“We all know that Artificial Intelligence and automation are coming at us at breakneck speed. So how will business cope? Will we all be unemployed soon?
According to The World Economic Forum, technologies like AI and Robotic Process Automation are indeed entering every profession, and at speed. But does that mean fewer jobs, as so many fear – or a completely new set of career opportunities?”
“That means we all need to change jobs and careers multiple times throughout our lives: an ability to adapt will be critical. Against this backdrop, the job of the responsible business owner is to create ways to help their employees access the kind of training that might help them adjust, as well as cope with any new advanced tech you introduce yourself.
This is being crystallised down as the need to create a ‘learning culture’ – encouraging workers to gain new skills that organisations require now or in the future and in attracting and retaining talent.
One problem: we’re not doing that yet. Training and HR teams are there to provide the resources, tools and time to support learning, scheduling the diaries and career plans of staff, booking the armies of trainers and projectors, and making hundreds of hours of relevant content available. But, traditional training culture seems to assume staff are passive objects that simply get shuffled in and out of all those training rooms!”
“To get workplace training back to where it should be, this needs to change. In particular, if we are serious about our commitment to re- and up-skill and prepare for that near future, we need a way to connect back with the employee and deliver what they want. We also need to rethink the way training has traditionally been delivered – and we have to ask ourselves if it is realistic to expect people who work remotely and anytime, to stop everything and sit in front of a trainer with a PPT and a laser pointer for eight solid hours.
What does that look like in practice? Actually, very similar to what you and I are already doing in our day-to-day lives, and especially the Millennials and digital natives on your team. We live on our phones and we all try and make dead time waiting for a train as useful as possible, looking for content. We refuse to be delayed by a knowledge gap, turning to the Internet to plug any lack of understanding – and we might play a mobile game for a minute or two during a lunch break.”
“The old method of scheduling fixed hours needs to be discarded in favour of a blended learner-chosen model, where classroom training could be supported by a virtual environment in which all lessons and material are digital and available, 24×7 and increasingly via mobile and in short bursts. In addition, incorporating gamification and collaboration features will increase staff engagement by activating the joy of competition, too.
Such learner-centric approaches really work – and can, our data shows, secure user engagement levels for digital training content of more than 80%.”
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