Is Your Organization Ready
for the Labour Shift?
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE
Digital transformation is changing the way we do business
in all industries. This is not just about doing what we’ve
always done more efficiently, but fully embracing and us-ing
technology to unlock new ideas, new markets and new
ways of thinking.
It stands to reason that the skills needed to take businesses
through the digital revolution are also changing, with new compe-tencies
and even new job titles emerging daily. In fact, according to
Business Insider, by 2020, more than one-third of the desired skill
sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not
considered important to the job market today.
This shift has not gone unnoticed in the education streams
preparing our children for this new reality. Beginning as early as
kindergarten, education is evolving to replace reading, writing and
arithmetic with collaboration, critical thinking and communica-tion.
At the post-secondary level, a focus on STEM programs is
also fostering digital literacy.
Are Canadian organizations ready for the ongoing shift in the
labour market and education patterns?
While most organizations have invested considerable time and
money overhauling their recruitment practices (identifying the
new skills needed and exploring new ways of finding candidates),
By Alison Grenier
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