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According to a recent Gartner study, Development is a bigger priority for the next generation. Gen Z employees are the only generation to rank “future career opportunity” as one of their top five priorities when considering an organization’s employee value proposition (EVP). Because Gen Z experienced the global financial crisis and the Great Recession during their childhoods, many employers expected them to care primarily about making money. But Gen Z employees are actually more concerned with setting themselves up for long-term success. They saw their Gen X parents and millennial siblings navigate less linear career paths than previous generations, and growing up with the internet and social media made them acutely aware of how quickly technology evolves — as well as how many tools and skills become outdated from one year to the next.
As a result, Gen Z employees are more worried than other generations about their skills becoming obsolete, and they anticipate the need to continuously learn new skills and prioritize growth and mobility throughout their careers. Today’s very uncertain and fast-changing work environment only raises the stakes for their need and desire to be employable in the long term.
💭 What are the top 3 strategies employers can implement to provide employees with future-ready skills?
Employers play a crucial role in equipping their workforce with future-ready skills. First and foremost, fostering a culture of continuous learning within the workplace is paramount. Establishing regular training programs, workshops, and access to personalized online courses creates an environment where employees feel encouraged to expand their skillsets, while adapting to the evolving needs of the industry. Provide diverse examples from colleagues to show employees they have many routes to take to experience a successful career at their organization and help them track their progress.
Second, Personalized development plans tailored to each employee's career goals can significantly contribute to future-ready skill acquisition. By understanding individual strengths and areas for improvement, employers can provide targeted resources and opportunities, ensuring that employees are equipped with the skills most relevant to their roles and aspirations. Consider creating touchpoints with career options to make it seamless for employees to see how the experience of one “destination” compares with another, rather than just sharing information.
Last but not least, embracing emerging technologies in the workplace is crucial for skill development. Employers should invest in cutting-edge tools and platforms that facilitate hands-on learning experiences. This can include virtual reality simulations, artificial intelligence applications, and other tech-driven solutions that not only enhance current skills but also prepare employees for the technological advancements shaping the future workforce.
By prioritizing a culture of continuous learning, implementing personalized development plans, and embracing technology, employers can actively contribute to the future readiness of their workforce.
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