We know we live in a digital world, with almost anything we want available at the click of a mouse or the tap of an app.
As digitalisation’s importance increases, so does its spread and to keep up employers need to upskill their staff in IT, as well as review and digitalise their own business practices.
Equally, for jobseekers being tech literate and up-to-date can be a way of getting the edge over the competition, even for a role where technology skills are not an obvious requirement.
Put simply, we all need to keep on top of digitalisation in order to stay ahead in the world of work, employment, jobhunting and recruitment.
But thanks to the pandemic, and with so many of us working from home, many businesses have found this difficult, some even taking a backwards step with their technology.
In the early days of Covid, people – that is, clients, customers, staff, suppliers - were sympathetic to this. After all, shops and workplaces shut literally overnight. But more than a year on, it really is essential that organisations have good tech in place and the training to go with it, to ensure they and their teams perform at their best.
There is clearly an unconscious – perhaps even a conscious – bias against organisations which seem stuck in a digital backwater, or whose staff have yet to progress from paper-based spreadsheets.
Digitalisation and 24-7 Staffing
We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk here at independent recruiters 24-7 Staffing. Which is why our senior management team are enrolled on a Digital Leader Programme.
The course runs for five months, and already the message is very clear that all businesses, not just ours, have to keep up with technology to remain competitive.
We are enjoying learning more about digital technology and how we can apply it to 24-7 Staffing, using it to improve our processes, looking at what is on the horizon that will help our business, and also at how tech can help with post Covid recovery.
In fact, we have already made changes with the recent introduction of our candidate registration portal, where candidates can register online anytime, anywhere.
Training staff is key to digital success
So with all this in mind, and the fact that we know we need to be up and on it in the digital world, here’s a surprising statistic: a survey – albeit conducted back in February 2019 – revealed a third of UK workplaces don’t offer employees the opportunity to learn new skills or invest time in development.
At the same time, and again in 2019, an Employer Skills Survey by the Department for Education showed the proportion of workers considered not ‘fully proficient’ at their roles by their employer rose to 4.5 per cent.
It’s not rocket science to see a connection here between reduced training budgets and drop in proficiency. Add to that the effects of the pandemic from March 2020 and it seems clear that organisations have some catching up to do.
It was Henry Ford, founder of the motor giant and proponent of mass production via assembly line, who said: “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.” Food for thought…
If you are currently looking for new candidates, then the team at 24-7 Staffing would love to help. At 24-7 Staffing, we particularly focus on the driving, commercial, healthcare and industrial sectors. Please get in touch to talk about how we can partner you in your recruitment. We work with businesses in Chippenham, Salisbury, Bristol, Wiltshire and across the South West.