Digital qualification measures for a modern future of work
The digitization of the working world means profound changes for managers in Company as well as their employees. Work and production processes are changing, administrative tasks and administrative processes are being processed on a web-based basis, and application processes are increasingly being run via social media channels.
Accordingly, the existing knowledge of the employees must be continuously adapted to the current challenges. This means a continuous learning process in which information-gathering methods tailored to the needs of employees are becoming increasingly important. This requires companies to develop suitable ideas and offers, and employees to be willing to accept and use them.
1. HR departments need to be pilots
The fact is: no increase in knowledge works without initiative. In the course of digitization, classical education alone is often no longer enough in the future. Tasks are changing, new tools are being launched and big data is rapidly gaining importance in modern enterprises.
For these innovations to be successfully implemented and used in everyday working life, a digital strategy with qualification measures is absolutely necessary for the employees. Here, companies and their HR departments need to become pilots to pick up employees and prepare them for the future.
That means specifically:
- Create offers and acceptance
- To work out positive aspects
- Inspire and take employees
- To point out perspectives and development opportunities
2. Promote and promote your own initiative
However, according to the Randstad Labor Barometer (an international quarterly Randstad study on various aspects of the labor market), barely half the workforce in Germany is willing to develop their own skills.
This shows that the importance and urgency of the topic have not yet arrived with a large proportion of the employees. Here it is necessary to demand, but at the same time to promote, in order to acquire new knowledge in a common process and thus to solve the tasks of the future. Accordingly, the way of learning must also change.
The following points are important:
- Higher flexibility and location independence
- Combination of information channels and learning methods
- Embedding in everyday business
- Knowledge transfer in learning units for independent deepening
3. Blended Learning and Co: Establish New Forms of Learning
One way to implement these goals is blended learning. It is an integrated learning concept in which forms of e-Learning are combined in a sensible way with classical learning methods, eg the transfer of knowledge by a trainer is supplemented and deepened by online media and multimedia content.
Learning through videoconferencing, chats, newsgroups, and emails increases the opportunities for knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing. In addition, the use of the internet and the intranet makes it easier and easier to learn, communicate and share knowledge, regardless of time and place. Online games, simulations or micro-worlds in which imaginary action and work are rehearsed, are practical ways to acquire knowledge and skills.
The Randstad Academy, for example, works with a selection of eLearning options and videos to easily and clearly demonstrate workflows and safety regulations. Especially with the integration of foreign employees, this method can be very successful in combination with personal training, as it promotes the learning of the language and language barriers are more easily overcome. Accompanying seminars, webinars or personal discussions with a trainer provide direct feedback, an accompaniment to the learning process and help with questions or problems.
Benefits of Blended Learning:
- Participants can learn time- and location-independent priorities and speed of learning are determined
- There is a continuous discussion of learning content
- Different prior knowledge is effectively aligned
- The type of knowledge transfer is varied and increases the motivation
- Due to the large number of media, different types of learning are addressed
- Companies can offer solutions with calculable costs for many employees
4. Allow mistakes to succeed
Blended learning allows employees a greater degree of freedom, but at the same time requires motivating themselves over and over again and setting voluntary goals. Businesses need to be more flexible and have the courage to try new methods.
This also requires a changed approach to the topic of error culture, because not every change immediately brings the desired success. Then it is time to deal with the reasons and to develop a solution that is sustainable and needs-oriented. This will make companies and employees fit for the digital future.
Learn more about learning in the age of digitization in the whitepaper "Digitization of the working world".
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