It’s time to adapt! Adecco Group CEO urges developing skills to survive in the AI era

November 12, 2018 Personal Development,HR Insight

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Today, technology like AI & Machine Learning has been used widely in business to innovate and enhance the quality of products, services and customer experience including workforce replacement. Within this fast-changing dynamic, it is important for people to adapt and develop skills to thrive in the world of work.

Many reports point out the need for reskilling the workforce

  • Reports from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics claimed that the skills we have today will lose half of their value every 5 years. 
  • While reports from the World Economic Forum also confirm that the skills employers require today have changed significantly.
  • This is the same as a survey from McKinsey which states that 375 million people, or about 14% of the global workforce, will have to upskill and reskill as the nature of work is disrupted.

It’s time to adapt! Adecco Group CEO urges developing skills to survive in the AI era

Alain Dehaze, CEO of the Adecco Group, underlines the importance of reskilling & upskilling which will be the key for the future workforce and suggests that organizations should reconsider if their employees are to be capable with the skills for the future of work and if not to organize re-skilling and retraining.

“It does not mean you have to become a data scientist, but you need to understand how you can apply AI in the work you do today – this is very important. It is easier to retrain or reskill internal colleagues to a level of basic competency” says Dehaze.

“You should have imparting skills on how to make sense of all the information, how to identify what is important and what is not, i.e., critical-thinking and decision-making.”

The Adecco Group CEO also pointed out that employees shouldn’t wait for their company to offer training, but should be proactive and have a mindset of long-life learning.

“You have to be curious about the changes taking place in the world and how technology is developing and be ready for life-long learning. Life-long learning is very important because of the changes we all need to adapt to’’ Dehaze commented

“The world is moving very fast, and we do not know exactly what all the jobs of the future will be. Six people out of ten in the ecosystem will do a job that does not exist today. That is why life-long learning is so important.”