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REDEFINING WORKPLACE DYNAMICS
100 days into lockdown.
Virtually overnight, the workforce had to transform from a place of personal interaction to cyberspace platforms that were previously unrevealed in the traditional workplace to connect with colleagues.
Previously, requests from employees to work from home would often be met with scepticism. Who would have believed that in a short space of time, most of the world would be working from home?
In the future, our colleagues will not necessarily congregate in a fixed place workplace – they could be scattered in different locations. The new technological workplace focuses on function and competency rather than on a hierarchy of employees.
The innovative worker, with their unique knowledge, can now perform without being managed through an upward chain of command. Workplaces built in the industrial era with hierarchies will be subject to transformation. If they can’t adapt, they could lose market share in the new industrial revolution – the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
A defining feature of connecting in the 4IR where technology must be embraced is a blurring of physical and biological boundaries. There is no other industrial revolution which is comparable with the speed at which current breakthroughs are emerging. Operating successfully in the emerging digital economy highlights the importance of developing policy responses to this new era.
We are surviving through this pandemic only because of technology. Everyone with at least a smartphone has the potential to earn or maintain some livelihood. The 4IR has the potential to drive Africa forward, enabling innovation and independence and to improve service delivery. This is the change most Africans will appreciate.
Written by Lucille Schedler, Management Consultant at Khusela Empowerment Solutions (Pty) Ltd.
If you’d like further information, please contact Lucille on 082 885 4169