The workplace of the future will be heavily automated, but this will only increase the need for human skills such as creativity, empathy and innovation. Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward comments in The Guardian.
Future-proofing your business may sound impossible. The rate of technological change is so fast that even the most innovative companies can feel left behind. It is commonly accepted wisdom that many roles that will be performed in 2030, or even 2025, don’t even exist yet. So how can you plan in the face of so much uncertainty? Experts believe there are strategies businesses can deploy when recruiting, training and engaging with their employees and partners to ensure they are ahead of the curve.
Simon Hayward, CEO of leadership consultancy Cirrus and honorary professor at Alliance Manchester Business School, says because in the future many tasks will be performed by software, there will be greater demand for human qualities that the bots can’t replicate.
“[Automation] places more emphasis than ever on very human attributes such as innovation and creativity. For forward-thinking organisations, this is an opportunity to upskill existing employees and review what they’re looking for in new hires.”
© The Guardian 2020