A blueprint for workforce transformation

14th February 2024

A blueprint for workforce transformation

Well-known businessman, Simeon Preston said: “The biggest part of our digital transformation is changing the way we think”.  A sentiment that is particularly true in the case workforce transformation and organisations’ approach to providing their employees with the requisite skills to meet the future head on.                                                                                                                                                

It is also these organisations that understand the importance of avoiding skills obsolescence.  They have taken proactive steps to upskill workers in a manner that encourages learning in an environment that is conducive to change.

At Schneider Electric, we believe in a holistic approach to workforce development. We encourage our employees to explore different careers within the organisation, promoting a mindset of growth and adaptability. This approach ensures that skills are not just retained but are constantly evolving to meet the demands of the changing landscape.

Moving into the digital era

To address concerns about job displacement due to automation and artificial intelligence (AI), Schneider Electric has implemented a digital boost programme that focuses on the top 10 digital skills deemed essential for the workforce. These modules are mandatory, and ensure all our employees are well-equipped for future challenges.

However, when transitioning a workforce into the digital age, it’s also important to put certain fears and misconceptions to rest.  For one, human skills are irreplaceable, this message must remain prevalent throughout.  There is no doubt that human analytical thinking, creativity, resilience, agility, and remain at the forefront of the evolving workplace.

It is also a sentiment that is reinforced by the newest iteration of the industrial revolution, Industry 5.0 which places the emphasis on man and machine working together to establish a sustainable future.

For those individuals and organisations that may be lagging in adapting to the digital era, here are two surefire steps: 

Workforce transformation goes beyond meeting the challenges of today; it's about preparing for the opportunities and demands of tomorrow. By embracing a holistic and proactive approach, organisations will be well on the road of navigating the complexities of the digital era with resilience, adaptability, and a forward-thinking mindset.