A Future-ready Workforce Requires Skill Building at Scale

Feb 1, 2022 6:00:00 AM . Bryan Weaver
Bryan Weaver

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning is young." Henry Ford.

The Covid-19 pandemic created unforeseen and unprecedented disruptions as it gained momentum globally, fundamentally transforming the way in which companies operate and work gets done. The restrictions which came with the pandemic meant new safety norms across operations; remote work; and plant personnel aligning with new norms for safety, distancing and sanitation.

Disruptions brought about change, transforming the way activities and tasks are executed and performed. It placed heavy demand on the workforce to transform the very fundamentals of their working styles.  The traditional staffing levels, resources, and infrastructure weren't there.

The pandemic forced personnel across organizations to stretch their basic skill set, adding the responsibility of additional decision making, leadership, remote communication, unaided execution and data analysis to their positions. These new responsibilities require both social and cognitive skill enhancements.

Digital tools gained popularity as the pandemic persisted. Subsequent restrictions forced workers with little to no exposure to digital platforms to adapt and learn new skills in order to keep up with their job demands.

As the pandemic wanes, one thing becomes clear: Digital Transformation is gaining momentum, and the workforce of the future will need to be 'Digital Ready,' not just to survive but to thrive.

An article from McKinsey addressed workforce skills development amid the Covid crisis. They point out:

  • a majority of respondents reported an increase in skill building
  • almost half of the respondents reported an increase in deploying talent in their organization
  • companies succeed in skills transformation by identifying skills gaps, designing a strategic initiative and creating an infrastructure for sustainable skills development
  • finally, when learning is implemented and delivered through multiple approaches and means, it is more likely to bring a meaningful and successful skills transformation

A workforce empowerment and operations optimization platform is the ideal tool for skills transformation.

The pandemic caused disruptions which placed greater demands on the existing workforce. It magnified the skills gap in the workforce. Many companies turned to digital tools as a scalable way of addressing performance gaps, boost collaboration, increase visibility and productivity.

By digitizing key processes--whether they are SOP's, maintenance tasks, on the job training, or activity/event reporting, companies have found productivity and efficiency gains by this standardization and unification activity.

Webalo is a best in class platform to enable skills transformation of the industrial frontline workforce. Its platform encourages collaboration and communication, enabling learning, task execution and real-time reporting of processes and events. The platform is ideal for re-skilling, using digital learning through inherent work instructions and educational videos.

The low code nature of Webalo's platform allows users and business technologists to configure task-specific UI and UXs, allowing users to interact with the data and screens in a familiar context. This ease of accessing process data and using it in a way that's most suitable to their needs encourages users to acquire more analytical and cognitive skills, deemed imperative for the future worker by McKinsey.

Webalo's Platform is your foundation for building, instilling, and proliferating the next generation of transformation and skill development for the industrial frontline workforce. Webalo allows you to build solutions for the workforce, as well as build intelligence about the frontline workforce within an operations context. It is a platform for growth, to underscore and enrich your long term strategies, competencies and collaboration.