Future of the Workforce: 3 Essential Skills for Employability 🔮⚙️
The robots are coming! It has been found that around 15 percent of the global workforce, or about 400 million workers, could be displaced by automation before 2030. This comes as technology continues to rapidly develop, transforming the nature of work and the workplace itself.
Machines are now able to carry out more of the tasks that would typically be undertaken by humans. In some cases, machines complement the work of humans. In others, they perform tasks in a way that exceeds human capability. Whilst some occupations will see significant declines, others will grow in demand.
On a platform like Gigstar, you won’t be competing against robots for gigs any time soon. However, automated processes will likely change the landscape around you – potentially altering the requirements of you as a gig worker.
What are the skills that will be needed in the future of work?
1. Emotional Intelligence 🧠💡
Pure intelligence on its own may not be enough to survive in the workplace of the future. Just remember, it’s been more than two decades since IBM’s Deep Blue computer famously beat world champion Garry Kasparov at a game of chess.
There are human skills and qualities that machines cannot replace. Well, at least not quite yet anyway. One of the most valuable skills that we possess as humans is emotional intelligence. But how can emotional intelligence be defined?
Some of the skills associated with a strong state of emotional intelligence include self-awareness, motivation, empathy, self-regulation and social skills. Using these skills in the workplace can improve the results of collaborating with your co-workers, ultimately leading to a happier, more productive workforce.
As the competitive gig economy continues to blossom into the future, being able to sell yourself as an individual with a high level of emotional intelligence will help you stand out from the crowd on a platform like Gigstar.
2. Decision Making ⌛🤓
Being able to independently make decisions through your own judgment is applicable to almost every kind of job. Whether you’re a clerk or a chef, employers like confident decision-makers because they require less supervision.
A confident decision-maker gives those responsible for overseeing your work the chance to focus on other aspects of their roles. This allows for a more ‘hands-off’ style of management. The decisions you make in the workplace are often informed by the situations you have encountered before.
As workplaces continue to evolve with technology, there will be an emphasis on the experiences and unique perspectives that humans can bring to gigs that run the risk of being automated.
3. Critical Thinking 💭📊
Decision making often goes hand-in-hand with critical thinking. This is the process in which you analyze and evaluate a situation in an attempt to form a judgment. For example: if you were hired on Gigstar to be a barista, during your time in the role, you would use critical thinking to evaluate whether the level of customer service you are providing is satisfactory.
Whilst automated technology is being adopted to serve many vital business processes, you wouldn’t trust it to make an executive decision. Employers will gravitate towards hiring people who can deploy rationale, critical thinking for roles where it will be increasingly required.
Are you ready to start using Gigstar? Putting these skills to use in your next gig will help you build a stronger relationship with the person who hired you. Join the future now.