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How can business leaders prepare for a changing workplace?
With technology becoming more and more advanced, the need for employees to have digital skills is becoming greater. According to ONS data, 10% of adults in 2018 were internet non-users2. A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research also estimated that 7.9 million people will still remain without digital skills by 20253. “The challenge for those not raised with a digital mindset is to learn how to evolve and compete in the new environment”, said Rohit Talwar. “Can we get there by simply deploying more technology or do we need to develop a digital and exponential mindset? We will need a very flexible organisation design that allows us to pull together teams quickly that are a mix of employees, external partners, contractors, specialist software tools, suppliers and customers. And we will need people who can manage and get the best out of all of them.”
Business leaders and their teams will need to adopt a growth mindset in order to prepare for and manage the inevitable change that advancements in technology will bring to the workplace.
“To keep up with the pace of change and the speeding up of society, we’ll need to equip ourselves with the skills required to navigate an uncertain future. This means ‘learning how to learn’ using rapid learning approaches and simulation-based training. Core skills will include problem solving, scenario planning, design thinking, systems understanding and collaboration. It also means embracing a digital mindset, adopting exponential rather than linear thinking and seeking more than 100% improvements across the organisation. To ensure the business does not get complacent, and stays alert and innovative, we will need to hire mavericks, encourage experimentation and have a reward structure that positively encourages people to learn and look for new ideas”, said Rohit Talwar.
This desire that business leaders and employees will need to have to keep up with the rate of change in the workplace through learning and development is echoed by Parveen Dhanda, Head of Future Fifty at Tech Nation – “People are taking more control of their own learning and development. For technical training, people look for on-demand, digital, tutorial based micro-learning. Classroom learning tends to be for the softer skills around people management. Business owners are investing in this because they want to develop leaders.”
In order to keep employees motivated and engaged with their work, business leaders could also look into the possibility of allowing flexible or remote working if the nature of their work allows for it. According to recent Powownow research, 81% of people believe that flexible working would make a job more attractive to them, yet only 68% of British workers are offered flexible working4.
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AXA PPP healthcare small business health insurance
At AXA PPP healthcare, our small business health insurance aims to get you and your team back to work quickly through prompt access to diagnosis and eligible treatment. Our small business health insurance can have a number of benefits for you, your team and your business, including:
- Reduced time out of work through prompt access to diagnosis and eligible treatment
- Great incentive for employee retention and recruitment
- More control over your medical appointments at a time and location that suits you
- Peace of mind with access to 24/7* health information and support from our expert team of midwives, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors via our Health at Hand Service
Find out more about our small business health insurance, including what we do and don’t cover, and get a quote today. You can also call our small business experts on 0800 389 7413.
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*Health at Hand nurses and counsellors are available 24/7. Pharmacists and midwives are available from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday, from 8am-4pm on Saturday, and from 8am-12pm on Sunday
Sources and references
1Unum, The Future Workforce
2Office for National Statistics, Exploring the UK’s digital divide
3CEBR, The Economic Impact of Basic Digital Skills and Inclusion in the UK
4Powwownow, Flexible Working in 2019