Workforce of the Future: Building Change Adaptability (New e-Book!)
The future ain’t what it used to be.
Baseball legend Yogi Berra uttered this phrase many years ago. Yet it fits well with the volatility and uncertainty organizations are facing. What does the future hold? It seems that most predictions and forecasts quickly lose their accuracy, sometimes within weeks.
Regardless of whether it’s in the private or public sectors, the economic, technological and geo-political changes that have swept the world during the past two decades have altered the landscape within which business and governments function.
The past three years since the global financial meltdown and the Great Recession have placed additional strains on all Western governments. Canada was fortunate to have escaped the wrath that struck the United States, the United Kingdom and several European Union countries. However, as a trading nation with a strong link to exporting to the United States, Canada remains vulnerable.
The ability to manage complex, interrelated issues is becoming a significant competitive advantage for organizations. The knowledge organization is alive and well. This demands skill sets among employees that will make the difference between stronger corporate competitiveness and failure.
For government, it means how public servants through their respective ministries support the development of a strong economy and competitive industries, and the creation of a society where citizens are enabled to contribute and participate in maintaining a high quality of living.
The need for organizations to become more change adaptable in response to global, national and local events calls for the development of leaders at all levels and a workplace, one that’s capable of moulding itself to respond immediately to both threats and opportunities.
Organizations must learn how to adapt as they see change occurring. Those in managerial positions will feel the strain as the pace of change accelerates and as they are called upon to practice corporate values and create workplaces that foster employee engagement and innovation.
Employees will incur the stress of being called upon to work in new ways, whether participating in virtual project teams, working in contingent arrangements with employers or discovering their own self-empowerment to anticipate the needs of customers and clients.
This e-book presents in the introduction five key questions to stimulate thinking and conversation:
1) What will be the key characteristics of your organization during the next decade?
2) What will be the most critical skills that managers must possess?
3) What are the primary challenges that your organization must address to become more change adaptable in an unpredictable environment?
4) What does the workplace of the future in your organization look like? (How employees collaborate; the physical environment; stakeholder partnerships; leading and managing)
5) What are the key competencies that employees and contingent (temporary) workers need to possess in this type of workplace?
“Most countries respond better to crises than long-term planning – which is rational.”
– George Friedman (CEO, Stratfor)
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