As organisations embark on their digital transformation journeys, they should also ensure that their employees have the right skills required by the adopted technologies.
According to the Randstad Q1 2016 Workmonitor report, 89 percent of the Singapore employees surveyed claimed that they felt that they needed additional training to keep up with their organisations' technological adoption. Such respondents consists of those between the ages of 35 and 44 (94 percent), as well as millennials (80 percent) despite the latter being digital natives.
"Singapore has truly become a hotbed for technological adoption with both large multinationals and small to medium sized businesses eager to utilise new technologies in all aspects of their businesses," said Daljit Sall, Associate Director, Randstad Technologies. "With this rapid adoption of technology, job scopes for roles are becoming increasingly blurred as candidates are increasingly required to be able carry out digital work in addition to their more traditional work requirements. With the high demand for digital skills, Singapore's employees are feeling the need for additional training."
The study also revealed that 84 percent of the Singapore respondents recognised that digitisation of the workplace has majorly impacted their work positively and negatively.
According to the respondents, even though technology has offered them increased speed and connectivity in the workplace, it has also caused them to be more distanced from their colleagues and external work contacts.
Nearly two thirds (62 percent) of the respondents said that technology has decreased the number of personal interactions with their colleagues, while 79 percent stated that technology has caused them to have lesser face-to-face meetings with external work contacts. The latter is said to be worrying as 90 percent of the respondents felt that a face-to-face meeting is the best way to interact with someone. Randstad thus advised organisations to help employees balance tech and face-to face interaction in the workplace as they introduce new tech solutions.
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