According to a Future of Jobs Report, 50% of workers will need to learn new skills by 2025. Thanks to advancements in technology, automation, and Artificial Intelligence, skills previously deemed essential will evolve, affecting 40% of current workers in under a year. As you pursue a career or even change careers, staying receptive to learning fresh cognitive, motivational, and social skills is crucial.
Here are the top five human skills, or as many others will call them, soft skills needed for the future of work:
1. Management and leadership capabilities. Managing a team requires effective interaction with diverse cultures and personalities. Effective leaders should shift their mindset to work with teams, not above them, emphasising planning, communication, and motivation. Trust is crucial in leadership to grant employees autonomy, boosting productivity through motivation and encouragement.
2. Adaptability. Going with the flow will take on a whole new meaning as the workplace evolves. As technology advances beyond most people's pace, employees must continually adjust to their surroundings. Adaptable employees are more valuable, happier, and better equipped to face problems head-on. Employers can embrace adaptability by promoting collaboration, welcoming new ideas, and fostering connections.
3. Technology design. Technology is prevalent in the workplace in every industry, which is why it's useful to develop technology design skills. These skills involve the ability to create, understand and improve digital user experiences. They help map a customer's journey, developing software, and improving human interaction with technology through applications and websites.
4. Automation and AI Skills. As AI infiltrates the workplace, accept it. Infiltration is not a matter of “if,” but rather of “when.” Be prepared and willing to learn how to use the tools to boost productivity while infusing your human touch into your work.
5. Cross-Cultural Knowledge. The future workplace is getting increasingly connected and diverse, so it's important to focus on educating yourself on cultural diversity. It goes beyond working with diverse individuals; it's about appreciating everyone's experiences. To practice cultural diversity, prioritise respect and open-mindedness. Also, develop cultural sensitivity through active listening ensuring mutual understanding and reducing the risk of inadvertently offending someone's culture with your actions.
Adaptability and continuous learning are like superpowers in the future workplace. Thrive by keeping up with industry trends and future technologies. So, be proactive, seek learning opportunities, and show that you are committed to your professional and personal growth.