Digital Disruption: The use and influence of new digital technologies and business models in the workplace as we see a significant change in how people use technologies to communicate and work.

Upskilling: Upskilling and continuous learning is now a core requirement for anyone wanting to remain relevant in today’s workforce as this allows everyone to access the resources available to them and to improve their own performance and improve business performance.

Almost everyone today is using numerous technologies and are required to manage their time, communicate within their workgroup and manage their own HR matters and teams using multiple technologies.

Employees and employers can quickly become out-of-date if they do not invest time and effort to keep current within their workgroup. Using a new messaging service, video technologies and embracing the new way of working for travel and HR are expected rather than an optional part of many jobs.

Whilst in this age of self-service, there is often little assistance on hand and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep themselves up-to-date, most employers will provide training and online tools, user guides and cheat sheets as a back-up.

Employees benefit from remaining relevant and continue to upskill throughout their career. An employee investing in personal and professional growth through up-skilling will:

1. Remain engaged and embrace the new technologies
2. Keep their skills relevant for their current role and for career development
3. Keep themselves relevant for their current role and for career progression.
4. Increase job security by providing greater value to their company.
5. Positive personal growth and development.
6. Increases professional value.
7. Increase your own job satisfaction.
8. Improve opportunities for greater remuneration and benefits.

Employers also benefit from supporting employees in their upskilling journey. Some likely business benefits for employers that support upskilling include:

1. Improve business outcomes through more qualified, trained and resourced staff.
2. Increased willingness to employees to embrace change that results from new technologies and ways of working
3. Employees become motivated to explore what other technologies are useful to them within the workplace
4. Staff have the opportunity to improve their job performance and may take on further tasks within the business.