One of the biggest conversations happening in human resources right now is about how to build a workforce that is agile enough to adapt to the ever-changing world of work.
It’s a conversation that began before the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased automation in workplaces and the advent of remote work. The global health crisis and its impacts on labor supply and demand, however, have made it a primary focus for organizations trying to pave a path into an uncertain future.
“The future of work has arrived — sooner than many of us anticipated — and workers and businesses are being forced to adapt,” says Maria Flynn, president and CEO at Jobs for the Future. Many organizations have responded to this opportunity by building talent-management strategies that incorporate reskilling and upskilling employees, which Flynn asserts will help them succeed.
“The companies that will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis in strong positions are those that make investments in ‘future-proofing’ their workforce and provide their employees with upskilling opportunities to ensure they are resilient as the economy evolves,” Flynn says.
But with so much else going on in the world of work and the ongoing economic uncertainty many businesses are experiencing during