Tomorrow’s workers, today.
Co-written by Willy Ling & Kamila Solihin
In our previous blog post, we wrote about 2 key traits that are essential for the Workers of Tomorrow to have: (1) They always want to evolve and (2) They’re focused on impact. Here are 3 more traits you can look into as you plan out how to nurture future skills in your people:
This article is our take on some of the core elements ‘future workers’ need to build - the head, heart and hands - to prepare themselves and their organisations to ride the waves of change.
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3. "I am patient and forgiving with myself"
A part of growing means embracing the journey and all that comes with it -- the learnings, the wins, the failures. The Future Worker understands this and is patient with their growth. They are forgiving of their own flaws and celebrate their failures. Instead of getting discouraged, they see opportunities in every challenge.
A worker who treats themselves with respect will treat others with respect. When they are patient with themselves, they are patient with others. Nurturing your workers to embrace this attitude will result in a more empathetic organisation.
Create a culture of healthy and productive feedback:
Celebrate even the smallest wins - find opportunities during project debriefs or weekstarts to recall a project outcome and highlight the important achievements, no matter how small.
Always make the time to appreciate the effort that has gone into a project
Follow up with concrete action steps to improve in future opportunities
4. "I equip myself with the right skills for complex-problem solving"
No two problems are the same, but there are a few fundamental methods to approach problem-solving that almost always delivers results. A Future Worker exercises these methods, in addition to having both the independence and collaborative skills to work through a challenge.
This is a valuable skill to have for companies to have more projects ongoing with self-driving teams. Additionally, workers who are comfortable with collaboration will also get things done much quicker and approach each problem in a structured manner.
For us Design Thinkers, using digital tools like the Mural, a blank canvas with virtual post-its and a dot-voting feature, allows us to collaborate and ideate with user-centricity in mind. When needing to reach out for support through meetings, we use an IDOART framework that gets us all aligned on our intentions, needs, and desired outcomes for a quick and smooth meeting.
5. "I care for and help others grow"
Finally, the Worker of Tomorrow is one who understands that others’ growth is just as important as theirs. It’s not enough for one person to be well-equipped for change while the rest struggle. A high level of awareness, empathy, and humility is crucial for one to recognise their role and responsibilities in growing together as a team.
Companies that see the journey of growth as a collective, not solitary, effort will most likely have great team dynamics. They are made up of people who care about each other and see their success and others’ success. A company made up of this type of individual can persist through even the toughest challenges.
With the recent pandemic outbreak, some of us have it harder than others. With our different personalities, circumstances, and roles, we each face challenges that are new for us to navigate by ourselves. But there are those who may have experienced something similar before and take this opportunity to share their learnings. We have an open coffee channel for anyone to jump onto at any point during the day where, while still in a work setting, we can connect with each other on a human level, just like we would at the office.
Nurturing the Future Worker surely isn’t an alone task. Employees themselves must have the desire and drive to be a better version of themselves. They should be aware of the mental, emotional, and physical resilience required to be prepared to take on change and are proactive in improving themselves in these areas. However, a solitary effort is not enough to drive an organisation-wide shift in readiness. Organizations need to be supportive of this effort and create the space for a collective shift.
If Human Inc is a testament to the effectiveness of these tips, then we are proud of and willingly endorse these ideas of how to nurture the workers of tomorrow.
What role do organisations play in nurturing Workers of Tomorrow?
Click below for our guide on how Digital Learning enables this shift.