The year is 2025. An artificially intelligent robot has been elected as a world leader for the first time, Elon Musk and SpaceX has succeeded in taking people to Mars, and traffic jams are a thing of the past. Well, maybe not quite.
But the World Economic Forum predicts that the workplace will look very differently in 2025. In fact, the prediction is that 85 million existing jobs will be displaced, while 97 million new jobs will be created. This kind of shift in functions and roles will require a workplace culture of continuous learning to ensure that existing employees are constantly upskilled and reskilled to adapt to these changes.
What are the best training solutions for this ‘Future Workplace’?
1. E-Learning is a flexible learning solution in the form of online videos, reading material, and audio recordings that employees can access at any time and in any place.
2. Virtual classrooms are online spaces where live interactions take place between training facilitators and learners, including group discussions with fellow learners, viewing of presentations and other learning activities. This training solution encourages learner engagement and is more easily accessible and more convenient than conventional classroom training.
3. Microlearning is an affordable, flexible and more engaging form of training that is offered in the form of small chunks of information that can be accessed on-the-job, for example on a mobile phone.
4. Blended Learning is a combination of face-to-face classroom learning and E-learning to get the best of both environments and to cater for the diverse training needs of learners. This method of employee development is perfect for more complex content, but still has some of the benefits of being flexibility and engaging learners.
5. Rotational Programmes / Job Shadowing Opportunities are cost-saving and time-saving employee development initiatives where employees are encouraged to learn new skills by working or job-shadowing in different roles or projects across various departments and divisions.
Where do employers start in preparing for this ‘Future Workplace’?
The first step would be to conduct a Training Needs Analysis to determine the skills gaps within the company and which resources are available to them. There will not necessarily be one best training solution to close all the skills gaps, so the next step would be to evaluate all the possible training options and to select the ones that will be more suitable for the specific needs of the employer and the employees. Once the most appropriate training solutions have been selected, they will then need to be customised for the specific employer’s situation. And from there the training plan will need to be implemented and managed to ensure effectiveness.