The workplace is changing. We’ve entered a new decade, and that could mean dramatic shifts — both personally and professionally.
Recent years have seen rapid and significant changes in the workplace, including greater globalisation, the move towards digital services and new technology, and a huge growth in self-employment. More workers are carving out titles and roles for themselves that never existed before; creating career paths entirely on their own terms.
But whether you run your own business, have ambitions to climb the ladder in your chosen company, or are somewhere in between, there are still a variety of skills you’ll need going forward.
This article outlines some of the key skills in the workplace that have seen a massive growth in importance over recent years, with this trend expected to continue throughout the coming decade.
Social Media Savviness
Social media has seen meteoric growth in popularity and usage in recent years. But it’s no longer just about sharing personal lives and staying in touch.
Gone are the days when management meant stuffy suits, intimidation, and pushing people into doing as they were told. (At least, we all hope so.)
The 2020s are expected to be years of rapid growth, change, and diversity. There is perhaps no greater skill, then, than adaptability.
This may not have to mean changing your entire business or product, but perhaps thinking about new ways that it can be used, or fresh angles which will allow you to reach more people.
Flexibility — especially in the ways that we think — could be the difference between successful and struggling businesses in the 2020s. See change as opportunity, and you will already be at a major advantage.
Teaching has been flagged in a number of studies as a declining skill in the workplace. Many workers are familiar with their own roles — and excel in them — but would be unable to pass those skills on to others.
Working remotely, handling freelance projects, or making the most of erratic work hours, is on the rise. This means that greater levels of discipline, self-awareness and self-management are needed than ever before.