Despite businesses and government investing more than $44 billion1 on IT this year, Australian workers say it is not helping to boost their productivity
Significant developments in emerging technologies are changing the way we do business. Advancements in technology infrastructure, automation and digital have changed the way we work and how we will work in the future. This will primarily be enabled by developing technologies such as cloud services, big data and more powerful analytics capabilities, social media and mobility.
Riding the next wave of productivity
Business led and technology enabled transformation impacts on infrastructure, operating models and people in equal measures. Increased absorption of technology change may produce significant gains in productivity improvements. However, without investing in training and shifting workplace behaviour to encourage early adoption, many Australian organisations will fail to take advantage of the next wave of IT driven productivity
Workers adapting and reskilling
It is becoming accepted that a ‘job for life’ is no longer the norm, and that many Australians will hold a variety of roles during their careers. Workers understand they need to adapt and reskill continually to remain employable in a rapidly changing labour market. The real question is how. Clearer guidance and communication to assist workers to develop the skills and experience is required from employers and governments so that workers have newer, broader and more market relevant skills than ever before.
Wave 6 of the Pulse found failure to invest in skills adaptation, training in the use of data analytics and improving user skills in new technology systems is hampering innovation and preventing employees from working at their productive best.
It is also stopping us from developing the right skills and management models Australia needs to ensure our people succeed in the jobs of the future.
- The next wave of technology-led change
- Adapting our workforce
- Getting to grips with data
- Productivity decreases
- Growing confidence gap
- Is your organisation future-proof?
1 Forrester Research Asia Pacific Tech Market Outlook for 2014 to 2015 (April 21, 2014)