Working on a team with robots? Entrusting personal decisions to an artificial intelligence? Digitalisation is turning our world of work upside down. And it is also changing the skills employees deploy on the job. A study conducted by the Bundesverband der Personalmanager [federal association of HR managers] shows: being socially competent and open for changes is just as important today as IT skills.
Digital tools are changing the world of work
The increasing digitalisation also impacts our way of working and work structures. Thanks to digital tools it is possible these days to work anywhere, anytime. Precisely this new flexibility in selecting and performing work changes how people would like to work. At the same time, more and more people primarily want a job that they find meaningful. For this reason, companies need more than ever to motivate people to cooperate who are in different phases of life and have their own value systems.
Using digitalisation for your company
At the same time, digitalisation challenges business models that have until now been successful. In the spring of 2019, according to an annual survey held by the accounting firm EY, two-thirds of SMEs surveyed said that digital technology plays an important role for their business model. Three out of four companies consider digitalisation a good opportunity. Developing digital products, finding new business models or standing the existing company culture on its head: here’s where you can find the greatest opportunities for your sustainability that have not yet been exploited.
Attracting more talents with a broader view
Technology increases the talent pool. A person who was considered unfit for employment due to a disability can now work with the support of digital assistance systems. People who speak different languages can converse with the aid of a translation software. Conference systems enable an exchange around the world at any time of day – in real time.
Artificial intelligence can also help in making personnel decisions as objectively as possible – thus finding the perfect fit for a job. The prerequisite is that learning algorithms do not take over stereotypes or unconscious biases from their developers. Management can guard against this here, improving the data quality and thus the grounds for decisions.
Why organisations with diversity management are more successful
Innovations make organisations successful. And innovative ideas thrive best in a diverse environment. Why is that? Varying perspectives help question what we are used to and improve it. Studies confirm that teams are best at developing innovative solutions if they are put together diversely. When different personalities can contribute their specialised skills and perspectives, there is an increased likelihood that your team will shine with well-thought-out approaches.
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