Feeling anxious and insignificant due to the rapidly changing way our work should be performed? Feeling left behind thanks to rapidly changing trends in technologies, work and safety standards and procedures? The coming threat of increased automation and AI that can either help or harm us?
There’s no need to panic. Technology and knowledge are tools, not threats. What’s need is to condition the mind that they can be used to improve ourselves. The three articles below should help.
2019 Skills Outlook Report by OECD: The 3 Main Points
There are three main takeaways we can gain from the fourth edition of the Skills Outlook Report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) entitled “Thriving in a Digital World”. Look it up or just read on. The main topic of the report is that our current digital culture causes workers to find ways to further improve themselves in order to get ahead. In order to do so, workers need to take advantage of online education.
The three main points of the report are:
- Workers need to adapt to digitally evolving jobs – even ordering and delivering pizzas are high- tech now, and so must the workers.
- There is much potential in online education – so much opportunity on the net to learn new skills. Skills that can change incomes and lives.
- To continuously learn new things is now a must – especially in the fields of technology and finance; everywhere, mostly thanks to technology adding new elements to old occupations.
Unfortunately, online education requires funding, on the side of the worker in order to get certified, or on the side of the government to as well as corporations to assist their workers in becoming certified or qualified to their new skills.
We Like This Because: Learning is a continuous process, but most people believe that their graduation from foundational education or taking extra units to support a career change is enough resulting in a reluctance to accept corporate or even state training programs that can actually improve their lives especially in today’s digital age. This article from Forbes highlights the importance of continuous education as jobs are evolving but not the workers.
Want to Live Longer? Put Down Your Phone if You’re Not on Call
Simply put, our smartphones cause stress. Continuous release of cortisol, thanks to our phones is not good for the body. Cortisol causes increases in blood sugar, decrease in bone density and suppresses the immune system. Cortisol is released by stress, which is in turn caused by continuously looking at your phone which humans now do for several hours a day.
Being continuously connected means additional anxiety from work-related emails or messages. It may seem good that we get more work done, but we are only increasing our stress and anxiety in seeking out more work, or worse, the implications or consequences of sloppy work by you or by others. There’s also envy over the seeming better conditions of friends and relatives in social media, plus the negative news, societal or political. The phone ceases to be a tool for communication but instead, a vector for various health issues. Therefore, if we want to live longer, we need to be off of our phones.
What needs to be done:
- All notifications, except for the most important must be turned off
- Hide or remove all apps that cause stress and anxiety
- Engage in a digital Sabbath for 24 hours on weekends, away from contact with your phone
We Like This Because: This full article from the NY Times is a wakeup call as we all become slaves to our technology, not vice-versa. We need to focus more on a proper work-life balance as work, thanks to technology, has crept into what should be our private hours.
How to Adapt to the Changing Working Knowledge
“Humans can choose to change, to remain a vital and integral part of our organizations, to adapt to the business evolution going on around us, to fire up our intellectual curiosity and embrace continuous learning.”
–Mike Preston, Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte
Thanks to technology and other factors, what we know about our work continuously changes. It seems so apparent to day that people are starting to doubt their relevance. Robots and AI seem to be getting closer and closer to taking over menial jobs. But as stated above by Mr. Preston, humans can choose to change to become better, also through technology and some insight.
- The internet — is now chock-full of content that can help us evolve, shift or change our current working knowledge.
- Aside from the internet, states and corporations also offer learning programs to those who choose to become better.
- Co-workers are also a good source of knowledge and perspective. It’s important to engage them.
- Learn more about the enemy by being curious and aware of emerging technologies.
- Look inward to yourself and strengthen the qualities your organization is looking for, in order for them to invest on your improvement and finally…
- Remember why you work
We Like This Because: The full article from Quartz, details the points stated in the above article which is sufficient in itself. Change is a constant in which we need to adapt in the same situations as our hunter, farmer, artisan forefathers have also had to deal with by absorbing the required knowledge as well as looking inward.