The COVID-19 has changed workplaces drastically. Irrespective of the job type, employees are expected to adapt quickly to huge changes ranging from working remotely to changes in operation and collaboration. However, job skills were changing even before COVID-19 took over the world.
In a study it was found that the number of skills needed for one job was increasing 10% every year. Also, the skills listed in 2017 job posting, around one-third of themwon’t be relevant by 2021. If you are worried about keeping your job post pandemic or finding new one after the pandemic, then you must know the necessary skills of the future.
Here we are sharing some of the key skills that employees will need in post pandemic world to thrive.
In a survey it was found that 85% of organizations had accelerated digitization. So, employees have to be comfortable with digital technologies to thrive in the workplace. Collaboration software and video conferencing tools are used by most of the companies today, besides companies are making use of tools to measure productivity of the employees working remotely. So, being friendly with the digital technologies and open to its role in evaluating metrics is expected from the employees.
Communication skills have always been very important and much required skills in employees. But, now due to rise of collaboration platforms and videoconferencing it has become more important to be better with your words and communicate your thoughts effectively and efficiently. Also, it is important to understand that when to use with platform for collaboration to avoid any negative outcomes like lack of engagement or zoom fatigue.
With so much changing in the workplaces, employees will be required to take the ownership of their work and be self-directed, just like entrepreneurs within their companies. The employees who will be kick starting their professional journey have to captain their own careers. With so much changing even the traditional training methods for developing essential skills won’t work in the similar way. Employees have to be active participants in understanding skills, resources and support they will need to complete their key responsibilities.
Many companies are evolving to hybrid models or making other significant changes in their operations and this makes adaptability a very important skill to have. With so many things changing, being able to continue working properly, even when you feel slightly uncomfortable is important. By taking new challenges or stretching your current responsibilities you can improve your adaptability.
When working remotely it becomes very important to understand the challenges your colleagues and the company are facing and be empathetic about that. Empathy is an important skill to posses for everyone who is trying to make a mark in the chaos.
So, next time when facing an interview or attending a promotion meeting, make sure these skills reflect in your overall behavior, attitude and approach to get the desired results.