Skills Management

Defining the Skills of Tomorrow: Reskilling and Upskilling

With the pace of change in today's world, future-proofing learning programs while reskilling and upskilling your workforce is imperative.


What is reskilling and upskilling?  It is no secret that technology has already transformed the workforce. In fact, in today’s world of digitalization, we might not have all the skills we need but we have to be willing to focus more on improving our competencies. Many workers must use software in order to do their jobs. Though they rarely receive training on how to operate it effectively. Employees often struggle with even the most basic computer tasks. Yet they are expected to complete complex activities using that software. Employers must recognize the role of technology in creating this disconnect between workers and their jobs. While many employees are anxious to learn new skills, they do not have access to the training required for success.

While some businesses truly embrace reskilling and upskilling initiatives, others take a more passive stance towards future-proofing their workforce. For example, companies may invest in learning and development initiatives that only serve their immediate needs. Such programs focus on the present state of affairs.  Thus, do little to prepare workers for a future where new skills will be necessary.

In some cases, reskilling is not even an option; many employers downsize or automate jobs specifically because they do not see the value in continuing operations. Others may be unable or unwilling to invest in employees, making it difficult for them to take advantage of future-proofing opportunities. Learning and development initiatives must address these issues to truly make a difference.

Taking a Strategic Approach

As new technologies are developed.  Organizations must realize that these machines are not just tools to be used on the job. They are intelligent systems that need training and constant care. Even though current technology has made some jobs easier or eliminated them altogether, it also has created new opportunities for businesses of all sizes around the world. This is why it is crucial to focus on upskilling and reskilling to ensure the future workforce is equipped with the skills needed for tomorrow’s world.

While technology has made certain jobs obsolete, it has also made it possible for people to pursue different careers or take more interesting positions within their company or industry. For example, computers have automated many of the administrative tasks workers used to perform, which has freed them to take on more creative or strategic responsibilities. Workers must be willing to modify their skill sets in the face of technological advances in order to maximize their value in today’s labor market.


Managing Stakeholders

Managing stakeholders may make or break any learning project, but when it comes to reskilling or upskilling, the stakes are higher. As the global economy continues to shift, companies are forced to adapt their long-term training strategies for existing employees. Organizations must design programs that meet several objectives at once: using technology to enhance employee capabilities while also meeting the demands of stakeholders.

Given the pace of change in today’s business environment, future-proofing learning programs require more than just an emphasis on emerging technology. Employers need to ensure that workers have access to comprehensive career development programs, which help them understand what they do well and how their skills can add value in a new capacity. While many employees are eager for opportunities to try something new, others may require more time and guidance than can be provided through a casual conversation.


Today, as technology and automation increasingly shape the global economy, it is crucial for everyone to acquire the skills needed to remain competitive in an ever-changing world. Workers must be willing to modify their skill sets in order to maximize their value within the labor market. Employers need to ensure workers have access to comprehensive career development programs and employees themselves must strive to keep learning new skillsets.

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