The workplace is changing. Today, we are more tech savvy than ever and the workplace is becoming a true reflection of how technology is transforming our lives. Not only are we communicating instantly with each other via Hangouts, Live Chat and instant Messenger, but there are also new jobs being created exclusively around social media, technology development and web management that never existed before.
Everywhere you look technology is becoming a more important part of our working environment. But how do you know where you fit in and if you have the right skills to stay on the top of your game in this ever-evolving climate? First of all, make sure you have these five essential skills to stay relevant in the workplace of the future:
1. integrate - don’t ignore the changes
The worst thing you could do right now is to ignore the changes that are going on around you. Don’t resist new technology, integrate and learn everything you can about it. Be willing and able to adapt to your new workspace and embrace this newness - the ideal skill for an every-changing environment. It’s also a great to be at the forefront of changes and even introduce them into your company. By becoming an ambassador for technology you can help your company progress and stay ahead of the game as well as become an expert in your field.
2. be resourceful – stay on top of your digital skills
Whether you are a skilled coder or someone just getting to grips with using a smartphone, it’s always a good idea keep advancing your digital and tech skills. Whatever your level, the Internet is full of free resources for digital and tech skills, and this proactive skill attainment can really help you stand out in the workplace. Try websites like FutureLearn to get to grips with some basic web design or brush up on your social media technique at Alison.com.
3. re-assess – what can you improve within your role
It’s clear that jobs in the workplace of the future will need to include a wide range of responsibilities and may even transform job roles as we know them today. Get ahead of the game and find ways to make your job broader by taking on new responsibilities in other areas of the business. On the other hand, it can also be a good idea to become an expert in your field and a reliable source for the company, just be careful not to narrow your role down too much.
4. be aware - stay clued up
Blogs are a great way to keep abreast of changes in the digital world. Communication channels are expanding and instant data and analysis can be found on blogs immediately, whereas other information sources such as courses and conferences can often be a little bit behind this fast-paced environment. It’s a good idea to subscribe to your favourite blogs and keep a track of news updates relevant to your field to stay clued up.
5. learn, learn, learn
There will never be a moment in your career when it’s a good idea to stop learning. Make learning key throughout all areas of your life to really hone in and refine your “learning technique”. Try taking on a new hobby or learning a new language for a challenge, it will help to keep your brain learning and ready for anything. What’s more, you never know when these new skills might come in handy in the future!
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