Throughout history, the face of work has gone through several iterations, from an agrarian economy relying heavily on manual labour in which the wealthiest didn’t take part, to the mainstream knowledge economy as we know it today, relying on computerization, automation and intellectual capital rather than production.
The future of work is now
While the pandemic has accentuated this trend and made certain skills appear irrelevant moving forward, it has also demonstrated the flaws associated with a technology-driven economy and therefore highlighted the need and accelerated the implementation of a human-based economy and of a human-centric workplace.
Welcome to the future of work – a world where know-how takes a step back and human skills are no longer an asset but a definite must for workers and organizations, acting as a counterbalance to the overpowering technology.
In this bizarre era, human skills can no longer be ignored by organizations when it comes to positioning themselves as trustful and successful employers, partners, brands and leaders.
In the future of work, human skills allow organizations to:
Show their true colors and express their individuality
Retain and attract talent
Build a culture that people want to be a part of
Get management to lead more intentionally and more efficiently
Engage workers and make them feel listened to
Benefit from enhanced individual and team performance
Model diversity and inclusion authentically
Make their technology more impactful and relatable
Make a hybrid or remote work environment more efficient
Human skills are what make us adaptable, well-rounded individuals leading adaptable, well-rounded organizations ready to face this ever-evolving workplace and economy.
In short, human skills are the catalyst of a successful organization. Even business schools are trying to incorporate them in their curriculum.