Digital revolution: how to prepare your workforce for the new age innovation

Digital technology and rise of robots are no longer stories of fiction. It is changing nearly everything around you. It has already changed the way you work and the nature of your workplace. More and more employees are increasingly contemplating future opportunities and the scope of their acquired skills. Some are deciding on the capabilities they need to grow in a new digital era. According to Carol Rozwell, Vice President and Analyst at Gartner, “The digital workplace promises a more flexible, engaging and intelligent work environment that is able to exploit changing business conditions.”

As technology is able to do the tasks faster and cheaper, the biggest woes are arising from the human workforces. A study conducted by Deloitte suggested that in the next 7 years, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) will replace 16% of current workforce roles. The study also found that when 32% of the firms are prepared for the RPA technology, only 12% are prepared for the workforce implications.

Owing to this reason, it is important to create an ecosystem where people and machine work hand-in-hand. But, preparing your workforce to adapt to the changes in the business landscape isn’t a tough job. Here is how you can do this:

Evaluate employee skills

What are the digital skills that your employees already have? This is important to access their skills that are a value-add for the business. CRM experience, Microsoft Suite expertise, software knowledge etc. are some of the must-have skills.

Shape curricula to include human-digital skills

Getting the best out of human-digital combinations should be your priority. Companies have to be more proactive in identifying future skill needs, after which they can work with policymakers to design an educational curriculum. Teaching creativity, interpersonal skills, and teamwork will ensure that the employees find rewarding work along with the technical know-how.

Adapt to a new culture

Technical skills shouldn’t be the only priority. While adopting Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the company has to prepare themselves to modify the organization’s value and culture as well. Good adaptation skills of the workforce and a team that trusts technology is key to a smooth transition process. As interacting with more devices than human beings might affect the mental state and behavior of the employees, firms should consider increasing the flexibility and comfort of the workplace.

Ensure transparent transition

Employees should be very much a part of the transition. They should be aware of the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) implementation, how it is done and how it is going to alter the style and nature of their work. If there is any change in their roles and responsibilities, they should be informed much in advance. This way, the workforce will be fully aware of the future of their career in the organization.

The shift from manual skills to digital skills in the workforce should be taken seriously if companies want to stay ahead of their competitors. This is when maintaining a productive workforce that’s ready to learn and adapt, become significant. 3i Infotech addresses all the transition issues that you are facing and enhances your operational efficiency to accelerate business outcomes, preparing your firm to achieve success in the digital world

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