Browsing around looking for interesting reading on digital transformation I stumbled upon the report New Ways of Working, by The B-Team. It addresses drivers and key changes at the workplaces. One of the key changes concerns learning:
Previously, employees would be invited to training sessions at a certain time where learning was ‘pushed’ upon them, and then sent back to work. For generations who are growing up sourcing knowledge through search engines as and when they need it, and accessing Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), this will seem unnatural.
Allowing for a more flexible learning in the workplace is just one of many key changes. Another is the need for digital skills. Skills aimed for the social digital era are listed in the report:
- Cognitive Load Management
- Virtual collaboration
- New media literacy
- Design mindset
- Sense making
- Novel & adaptive thinking
- Cross Cultural competency
The list is an important reminder that New media literacy is just a part of newly required skills. And that digital transformation, requires several other skills and competencies that have to be acquired across time. And as new skills are required and even expected, the more important the flexible learning environments that encourage and reward key-changes.
However it isn’t only about employees’ skills. It is also about a new leadership that supports innovation. Digital transformation has to take place throughout the organisation (which isn’t surprising of course), and to achieve that it is important to map all the areas in need for digital transformation. The ‘New Ways of Working” report is a great start.
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