A job search can feel difficult under the best of circumstances and has the potential to seem even more isolating given the social distancing of the COVID-19 pandemic. It helps to be even more intentional and focused on what you are looking for in your job search in this era. Here are ways to stay positive and motivated while continuing a job search. Cultivate a support systemWhen you are expanding your network, think beyond simply recruiters, managers or those who could help you find a role in a company. Networking also means joining with others who can help with the load of job-seeking. This may mean finding Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups or creating your own regular Zoom check-ins with friends, family or others who can help both with their own experiences and tips, but especially with mental and emotional support. Set boundaries to fight burnoutThe human body and mind needs downtime and regular rest periods. Pushing yourself for long periods of time means you won’t be at your best when the opportunity comes around to interview or accept a job offer. Instead, intersperse periods of intense focus with downtime and recovery. The rhythms of hard work and rest need to balance over time. Set time with boundaries to unplug with peace of mind and come back more energized.Work on professional developmentThe big picture is important, too. Beyond applying for jobs and writing cover letters, make sure to focus on your own personal progress and goals. Take time on professional development by watching videos, listening to podcasts or reading books. Or even better, contribute to others by volunteering for a local charity. In addition to being a feel-good opportunity and a worthwhile investment into your community, volunteering can provide opportunities to develop professional skills and to network with other local professionals.Again, remember to take time for balance and self-care while you are searching for jobs. Take a lunch break in your day, walk around your neighborhood and get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep to help make sure you’re on the top of your game. The job search will still be there when you return, more rested, motivated and focused to keep moving forward.
Finding and Keeping Motivation in your Job Search
How to Practice Gratitude at Work
Grateful people are successful people.“Gratitude is the ultimate performance-enhancing substance at work,” says Professor Robert Emmons, a gratitude researcher and professor of psychology at UC Davis.Employees who excel at work don’t wait for something good to happen to be thankful; it’s often the other way around. To get yourself on the gratitude track, here are ways to increase gratitude in the workplace.Notice the small thingsAt the end of the work day, make a list of three things that went right. Even if it was a challenging day, anyone can find three positives, such as finishing an important email, booking a meeting or committing to taking a lunch break. Put this in a prominent place at your desk where you’ll see it when you arrive the next day. Be thankful for small wins and use the moment to start the day with momentum.Compliment a colleagueIt’s easy to get wrapped up in our routine and challenges we face. But even when you’re busy – and especially when you’re busy – pausing to notice the accomplishments of a colleague and thank them will lighten your load. When you pay attention to catch your co-workers doing something right, you’re less likely to negatively stew over your problems. The positivity will be reflected back on your mood and productivity.Write simple thank you notesYou don’t have to make a big show of gratitude. A simple post-it-note that’s left on your monitor or on a colleague’s desk will do the job just fine. It’s not the stationary that counts – it’s the thought.Create a digital gratitude folderWhen you get an email that means a lot to you, don’t delete it or let it sit in your inbox. Instead, start a gratitude email folder for compliments and projects you’ve accomplished. Scroll through it on days when you need the extra boost.Gratitude takes work, but it’s worth it. Being mindful of what’s right can help build momentum into a beneficial upward cycle. Thanks for reading – now pass it on.
How to Move Past Setbacks at Work
After a setback or mistake at work, at one time or another, we have all questioned our abilities or if we were in the right role. But it’s important to consider the big picture and get stronger from setbacks. Here are questions to ask, ways to learn from your mistakes and come back stronger. Determine your core strengthsDo you feel like your work is an effective use of your talents – or are you lacking in a key skill? This may seem overly basic, but for a variety of reasons sometimes your skills aren’t where you can best align them in your role. You may have missed the mark if you didn’t have the proper training, support or understanding of your role. Talk with your supervisor to learn exactly what you need to succeed, and where you can grow. Take pride in your workEvery job has elements that can feel like chores. But take a deeper look if this is a temporary unpleasantness or a systematic problem. Many successful projects will have trial and error or even failure built in on the path toward meaningful changes. Ask yourself at the end of the day, where can you reflect on your work and have a sense of pride in your accomplishments and what you’ve produced for the world?Find support from mentorsEveryone has their own examples of coming up short, and often that’s people on your own team who can relate most to the same type of mistakes. Lean into these relationships when you need them and ask for support. A robust support system can help you get through frustrations and setbacks, and one of the best indicators of job satisfaction is the relationships you build with colleagues, bosses and others at your work.Focus on what you can controlWith setbacks, there can be factors outside of your control. But you will be more resilient if you focus on what you can control, such as upskilling, growing and improving. Learnability is the desire and ability to continually learn and grow throughout our careers. To keep that skill sharp, ask yourself what a setback can teach you, and what you can learn. After a setback, the key is to continue to understand what happened and adapt. Look to the future, understand that mistakes will happen, and make the experience a catalyst for becoming better.
Press Start to Begin: How Gaming Can Transform Recruitment
Now that you’re working from home, there’s time for that vegetable garden. For craft projects. For building bonfires. You pause to look around and take it all in: The cherry blossoms are blooming. The sea is calm and soothing. You hear gentle waves blend melodically with light jazz. You decide to buy some fresh fruit and go for an idyllic walk. If this doesn’t sound familiar, you’re probably not playing ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ on Nintendo Switch. Considered the perfect escape for the widespread anxiety being felt by many these days, the game has sold 13.4 million copies since its debut in March. Animal Crossing isn’t the only game-breaking sales records. Gaming has exploded since COVID-19. It has been recently reported that gaming during peak hours has gone up 75 percent since the pandemic began. While some see this as a distraction from the news cycle, it can also be viewed as time well spent developing critical – and marketable – soft skills. Look at it this way: When gaming, you must navigate a dynamic environment that requires you to learn and adapt. You have constantly evolving social systems. You have to combine tools and resources to learn new ways of working. You have to convert new knowledge into action. And you have to explore radical alternatives and innovative strategies in order to learn. The common thread? These are all highly marketable skills. The skills cultivated while gaming can be closely correlated to job performance. Games are constructive, situated and experiential learning environments. They require active experimentation. They also require a ton of patience and persistence. Did you just fall into a pit of lava? Go back and rehearse what happened. Learn and adapt. In fact, learnability is a strong predictor of career mobility, and the best way to learn is from experience. Work is always changing. Projects shift. Deadlines get moved. For many, every day is different. Employers need people with agility to maneuver those changes. It would have been unthinkable in early 2020 for companies to imagine the majority of their employees working from home. Yet that’s exactly what happened. While no one could have prepared themselves for a global pandemic, gaming does set you up to manage the unexpected with ease. Complex simulated environments require constant decision-making – an important skill, especially for workers who are confronted with change and need to adapt for their teams to succeed. Games can also offer insight into a person’s persistence, risk-taking, problem solving, mindfulness and attention to detail. If the types of games you play have the potential to give vast insight into the types of soft skills you possess, the question is why aren’t we using it to further identify your talents and match your skills to the right positions? Because most of us don’t know that gaming can be time very wisely spent. Even if we do, we don’t know to articulate its advantages on a resume or in a job interview. In a recent study, ManpowerGroup analyzed more than 11,000 games across 13 genres – from action-adventure to role-playing to music and indie – to identify the top soft skills developed in each gaming category and then mapped the skills that gamers were building to work skills. ManpowerGroup’s proprietary online Skills Translator allows candidates to input specific games, experience levels, and the amount of time spent gaming. The tool then provides guidance for how gaming experience translates into workplace skills. Finally, it’ll connect the candidate to potential job matches. Those cognitive and motor skills you rely on while playing Tetris are highly desirable in machine operators. Mastery of a game like Fortnite is invaluable to collaborative teams because it brings the unique skills of individuals together to solve a challenging problem. Are you more of an old-school arcade player? Games like Pac-Man improve decision-making, planning, concentration and persistence. Use ManpowerGroup’s free Skills Translator Quiz to help you understand how time spent playing your favorite games may just lead you to your best job ever. By better understanding how your specific gaming experience has sharpened your workplace skills, you’ll be more prepared to express your full value to future employers, both on your resume and at your next interview. To understand which specific skills you’ve gained from gaming, take our free Skills Translator Quiz.
How All That Gaming During Lockdown Could Help You Land Your Next Role
Gaming bestows benefits beyond that rush of immediate gratification; you may be surprised to know it’s also enhancing your employability. Prior to COVID-19, people were already talking plenty about their “work” and “life” buckets – how to keep productivity and play in balance – even separate from one another. Now, it’s safe to say the pandemic has intertwined the two forever. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing: In fact, many of the skills you’ve likely picked up during play have been shown to improve skills and performance in the workplace. Because of COVID-19 lockdown orders and the pandemic’s impact on employment, gaming’s popularity has grown considerably in the first half of 2020. The good news is if you’ve been gaming more often during quarantine, chances are you’ll be especially ready to nail your next interview. Take our free Gaming Skills Translator to find out which skills you are building. In fact, every time you’ve picked up your console, you’ve learned more about how to adapt, learn and refine essential soft skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. For our Skills Revolution 2.0 Robots Need Not Apply report, we surveyed 20,000 employers across 42 countries on the impact of automation on the workforce. What we found: Soft skills are in high demand in the workplace, especially for employers eyeing an unpredictable economic future. And there is rising demand too for relevant skills from recent research of What Workers Want, Post Covid Report, they are, incidentally, also the most difficult skills to find and train employees on.When it comes to sought-after workplace skills, gaming can be a game-changer. Here’s a list of skills you may have developed in your downtime:Improved Critical Thinking Strategy and racing games like World of Warcraft and Mario Kart require you to work out which approaches will progress you to the next level. What motivates and engages you helps you hone your ability to make inferences and think systemically about solving the game. This sharpens your judgment and your approach to problem-solving, decision making (weighing up pros and cons of different tactics) and strategic thinking.Increased Capacity for Collaboration With the introduction of new formats like massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), modern gaming is shifting from an individual to a social experience. COVID-19 has only accelerated this trend because, for many during the pandemic, gaming has been the only way to “meet” friends and develop proactive social skills. In multiplayer games, you must work together with other players to win, enhancing your ability to collaborate remotely. Plus, these types of games often inspire IRL meetups and hangouts as well as improved relations with peers, family members or your community. This can translate to better working relationships with colleagues. Strengthened Communication SkillsYour communication skills also get a workout in multiplayer games. In virtual environments, you can test and learn different communication styles. Players of Second Life, for example, where users build parallel personas for an online world, have demonstrated an improved ability to adapt their conversational style depending on the situation. Enhanced Your Creativity Sandbox games that let you roam free and do your own thing (such as Minecraft and Terraria) are linked to enhanced creativity. If you play these games, you may have better visual-spatial skills – the ability to envision movement of objects in space – important for careers in science and engineering. Today’s job market is unprecedented and unpredictable. What we do know is that skills like teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving are needed now more than ever. So the next time you or your kids enjoy a favorite game on the nights or weekends, don’t think of it as wasted time. You may just be developing the skills you need to be a future-ready employee. To learn how your gaming experience translates into skills you can add to your resume, take our free Skills Translator Quiz.
The Talent Game: Can Gaming Tell You Who to Hire?
If you could ask a candidate one question in your next Microsoft Teams interview, what would you ask? Here’s one to think about: Do you play video or computer games? You can learn a lot about someone by talking about gaming because people often inhabit the places and cultures depicted within games, much like they would at work. And their favorite games may be a good indicator about which of their soft skills will translate from a screen to IRL.Globally, one in three people are gamers. But lately, people have been flocking to highly detailed simulated environments in even greater numbers, as the COVID-19 pandemic has left many sheltering in place and yearning for company, albeit online. When inhabiting these domains, landscapes and dusty divots, you learn how they work and see what happens when you make different choices and take different actions. You trace paths, avoid delays, collaborate, construct, learn and solve problems. It’s not the graphics that make video games real; it’s how they mirror our real-world decision making. Action-based gamers, for instance, tend to be interested in mastering skills, collaborating and competing as a team, whereas those who play strategy, puzzle and quiz games like StarCraft, Civilization, Pac-Man, Words with Friends or League of Legends may have honed their decision-making, planning, concentration and persistence skills. And video games like Mario Bros. provide incredible learning environments because failure is so easy. Did you fall into the very first lava pit? That’s okay. Players learn to dust off the lava and get back out there. They practice improved anticipation, rehearse better movement and—finally—advance more confidently. The ability to confront failure is a skill that’s invaluable for anyone who needs to make decisions in an endless range of different scenarios. To identify the top soft skills developed in each gaming category and map them to specific work skills, ManpowerGroup analyzed more than 11,000 games across 13 genres—from action adventure to role-playing to music and indie. By taking our Skills Translator Quiz, job candidates can select the games they play and their level of achievement. The algorithm then translates their gaming experience into workplace skills they can add to their resume and discuss in interviews, ultimately connecting them with potential job matches. This allows gamers to better articulate their skills sets, especially if they have limited work experience, and gives employers a novel way to match people to vacant roles.Games have defined narratives—a start and an end point. Whether you’re saving the world or defeating ghosts, you have to review and assess your progress and be ready to course correct. You get rewarded for your solutions and for saving and leading others. Best of all, you get to explore the outer edges. As you practice cognitive thinking, you learn to think as an entrepreneur whose survival depends on adapting to change. Furthermore, you can adjust for difficulty based on performance, and as learning expands, the play gets harder, requiring more agile thinking and adaptation. When you play video games, you are learning how to learn—and learnability is one of the strongest predictors of job success. You also learn how to collaborate, as games are complex social systems where you engage in constructive learning together with your teammates. Cognitive skills are critical, and as games become increasingly social, they’re nurturing the need for foresight to be able to predict danger and success. The plot is often predicated on collaboration, with every player bringing their unique skills into the fold. You earn rewards only as teams. Of course, gaming is by no means a universal universe with a herd of one-trick ponies. Different video games require different skills. Some require more social perceptiveness. Others require more logical thinking. The questions recruiters might ask themselves are: What skills am I looking for? And where might this candidate have been practicing these skills online? How close are these skills adjacencies to the ones required on the job? Should I hire a Fortnite player with sharp collaboration skills or a Words with Friends Player who’s more practiced in problem-solving? The skills gamers acquire on their remote planet or paradise island migrate across worlds, from the game to the workplace, where critical thinking, risk-taking and open collaboration are rewarded. In their downtime, tomorrow’s workforce might just be helping themselves make it to the next level in their career. To learn more, download our Game To Work report.
How Employers Can Leverage Today’s Surge in Gaming for Tomorrow’s Workforce
By gaming more often during the pandemic, potential employees are developing soft skills that today’s employers need the most. Gaming is big business – made even bigger by COVID-19-related lockdowns. This past June alone, $1.2 billion total was spent on gaming, up 26 percent from the year prior. The good news is that all this time spent on video games could actually be to gamers’ professional advantage, as the soft skills they hone extend well beyond the console. While gaming, soft skills that are in high demand and short supply with employers around the world are being mastered – think an aptitude for things like critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. For employers today who are rallying to regroup after the pandemic, the need for these qualities has only grown. Those who understand gamers’ unique untapped talents will be much better prepared to leverage the next generation’s skillset to their advantage. Here are some of the ways that research has shown the gaming boom is prepping tomorrow’s workforce: Developing Soft Skills From our “Robots Need Not Apply: Human Solutions in the Skills Revolution” white paper and study, ManpowerGroup surveyed 20,000 employers across 42 countries on the impact of automation on the jobs and skills that will be required for the future. What we found was that while soft skills are of greatest value to employers, they are also hardest to find and even more difficult to train employees on. And there is rising demand too for relevant skills from recent research of What Workers Want, Post Covid Report, in times of rapid transformation and uncertainty these so-called soft skills are more important than ever in workers and in leaders. Games can teach players how to solve problems, calculate probability by weighing the pros and cons of different approaches and to think strategically. In popular multi-player games, players must work together to win, enhancing their ability to collaborate remotely. Virtual environments also let players test and learn different communication styles, although gaming often leads to in-person meetups and hangouts. Finally, sandbox games that let gamers roam free are linked to enhanced creativity. These gamers tend to have better visual-spatial skills – the ability to envision movement of objects in space – important for careers in science and engineering. Improving Learnability Gaming nurtures players’ learnability – their desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one’s skill set to remain employable. To measure this quality, we developed an assessment – the Learnability Quotient (LQ) – that enables people to identify their motivations and styles of learning. Games generally improve a player’s ability to learn how to learn by creating better cognitive models – making it easier to react to new situations. Aiding Assessments Gaming can help employers assess the skills of potential employees. By interviewing candidates about their favorite games – a topic likely to throw job candidates off guard – as a way to determine their skill set, employers are more likely to match an individual to the roles that require those skill sets. Interestingly, different games enhance different skills: To map individual games to specific skills and job candidates who have them, we worked with a psychometric specialist to analyze over 11,000 games across 13 genres. We found, for example, that people who play Tetris demonstrate mental flexibility, pattern spotting and an ability to work independently, which match well with hard-to-fill jobs in manufacturing or logistics. To help fill the skills gap, employers should take a holistic and open-minded approach to matching talent with jobs. Leveraging talent from the gaming community is one more method to create a future-fit workforce – and an innovative way to one-up the competition. Learn more in ManpowerGroup’s Game to Work report.
5 Tricks to Creating a Treat-worthy Resume (with Examples!)
Far too often, recruiters have received applications that have made them turn white in fright. Spelling errors, over-the-top “creative” layouts, mini autobiographies, illegible fonts (comic sans, anyone?) – these are just some of the examples that have made recruiters drop everything and run. With Halloween coming up, here’re some tips on how to make your resume a treat to read and help it land in the callback pile. 1. Keep It ConciseA recruiter often has to go through over a hundred applications for a role and the worst thing that you could do is to send in a resume that has over 20 pages detailing your life’s achievements from the time you were born. Be more discerning on the information that you want to include in your resume and be concise. A good way to do so is to list down any relevant work and education history that you have from the past 5 to 10 years as well as skills that are relevant to the job or industry that you are applying for.2. Use the Right FormattingAs most companies today are using an application tracking system (also known as ATS) to filter through applications during the initial recruitment stage, your resume is very likely to be screened by a resume bot first. To ensure that your resume is ATS-friendly, here’re some things to note:Use the right file format. Unless the system mentions you can upload PDF documents, the safest option is to use Word document saved as .doc or .docx. Stick to simple bullet pointsUse an ATS-friendly and easy to read font such as Times New Roman, Arial, and Verdana. Avoid using fonts such as Comic Sans and Jokerman. Use simple bullet points to list down your work history. Avoid using tables and columns as the information might not be detectable by the ATS.3. Look for Keywords in Job AdsBesides using the right format, it is important to tailor your resume to the job in order to get past the resume bot. A good way to start is to look at the job advertisement and determine what the skills required are and include the keywords in your resume. Besides listing down the relevant technical skills, highlight any transferable skills you have as well. However, simply including all the keywords in your resume will not work – the system is smarter than you think. Decide on the keywords that are relevant to you and incorporate them within your work experience. 4. Include Sections in Your ResumeRecruiters usually spend a few seconds to look through each application. To help recruiters easily navigate your resume and draw their attention to key information, include headings and sub-headings such as ‘Work Experience’, ‘Skills’ and ‘Education’.5. Quantify Your Work AchievementsQuantifying your work achievements is a great way to show, and not tell, the hiring manager why you’re the right candidate for the job. Besides adding legitimacy to your capabilities, doing so can help the person sifting through the applications to have a clearer understanding of the scale and impact of your accomplishments. This can be done even if your job does not directly work with numbers. Use digits to represent the numbers instead of words to make it easier to read. Here’re some examples of how you can quantify your accomplishments:Increased company’s market share by 10% within a year of launching the product in the marketImproved Google Business Reviews rating from 3.8 stars to 4.2 stars after implementing a new customer service program.Taught a class of over 30 students and increased average exam scores by at least 15 points.Wrote 5 blog articles a week which has over 100 shares per article.Use these tips to create a great resume that will be a treat to read not just during Halloween, but for any time of the year. For more resume tips, click here.
5 Ways the Pandemic Has Impacted Tech Disruption
Today’s digital workforce looks a lot different than it did a year ago, largely driven by a pandemic that caused organizations to move entire workforces to remote work virtually overnight.In a recent ManpowerGroup webinar, Technology + People = Transformation, Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO & Managing Director of TCS, Tata Consultancy Services, Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, and Heather Landy, Executive Editor at Quartz, shared insights on how the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation, the impact on skills, and how companies can find the best blend of people and technology.Here are 5 ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an acceleration of growing disruptive tech trends.Human ingenuity + technology will endureThe pace of how quickly organizations adapted to the pandemic shows the importance of human ingenuity. In many cases, organizations shifted entire workforces to remote work in the span of a week. This was accomplished through sheer resilience and ingenuity, showing that even sophisticated artificial intelligence can’t completely replace the human element. This trend of technology interacting with human capabilities will endure. Although a lot of organizations had the capability of making the shift before the pandemic hit, the crisis initiated the change and made it happen. Organizations going through transformations should remember that it's not about the technology alone, but more importantly about the culture and how you lead and what makes you really make that step change that transforms the organization.Flexible working models for allPrior to the pandemic remote working on a full-time basis was close to 4% to 5% of the workforce. Today, it’s about 35- 37% of the workforce with a blending of both the offline and the online worlds likely to continue. Workforces have been able to apply human ingenuity, the ability to adapt very quickly, and combine it with technology that while it was always there, we weren't embracing it to the same degree as now---we continue to do the work and maintain the productivity, but in a completely different way. Although human beings are social creatures that like to congregate, what this pandemic has proven is that organizations can create situations enabled by technology where we can combine work life and personal life in new ways that benefits the individual so that the flexibility is available when workers wanted and when they need it and it also benefits organizations all at the same time.Continuous learning is a mustGrowing reliance on technology will accentuate the polarization of the workforce between those that have the skills and the tools to make this transition and those that don't. The need for companies to invest in the tools and technologies to up-skill and re-skill their own workforce and create a learning culture within the organization have become even more essential. Many employers are still very unaware of the need to re-skill and up-skill their workforces, critical to growing their talent pool and their human capital in terms of skills and capabilities to execute on business strategies. The gap in training may eventually create a huge turning point in favor of a more scalable re-skilling and up-skilling effort at not only a company level, but also a nationwide level as this situation continues to evolve at such a rapid pace.Strong cultures will winIn a recent Quartz survey, 37% of respondents said that they felt their workplace culture had improved since the start of the pandemic while 15% said they felt that it had deteriorated. Companies that were already at the top of their game culture wise, employees have a favorable impression. The split suggests that building and maintaining good company culture is important, especially when workers are spread out. Organizations that do the right things in terms of increasing the rate of communication, engaging teams, and prioritizing health and safety can emerge from the pandemic with an even stronger culture. As for leadership, organizations tend to move slower with transformational changes than their own frontline talent, so it’s important to create the leadership culture that can successfully navigate today’s complex, fast-changing environment.Trust will dictate transparencyIn the personal space, people have moved a lot in terms of being willing to share information even knowingly. Today’s environment is used to transparency for good or bad, but the trust factor, what institutions individuals trust with that information, is going to determine how workers feel about sharing it. Many of the world's largest companies today are essentially the world's largest companies because individuals provide so much data for free, which is monetized by the companies. It’s how organizations manage the data that will determine how much individuals trust them with it. In the end, it will come down to individual preferences, and the trade-offs they are willing to make—which have to be built on a full understanding of what the data is being used for. Watch the Technology + People = Transformation webinar available on demand for additional insights.
How COVID-19 is Accelerating Digital Workforce Transformation
Workforces are rapidly adapting to a new normal out of necessity—and it could be here to stay.Flexible scheduling. Working from home. Collaborating virtually with colleagues. These were all workplace trends on the rise in recent years, as digital natives and a younger generation advanced in their careers. Globally, 40% of people reported that schedule flexibility— especially flexible start and finish times and the ability to work from home—is one of the top three factors when making career decisions, according to ManpowerGroup research. Now what once seemed like luxuries or “nice to haves” in jobs are now a necessity in response to the realities of a global pandemic. The global economy is getting a crash course in digital workforce transformation, seemingly overnight. It will be a massive undertaking and difficult transition. But it’s also speeding up trends already underway. Here’s how today’s workforce is adapting and accelerating change. Digital collaboration and conferencingTools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Teams, Slack, Sharepoint, Basecamp and more have seen a massive surge in interest as teams work to collaborate on projects, meet in real time and coordinate schedules when not in the same physical space. In some ways, businesses have seen efficiencies grow—people can start collaborating face to face with the push of a button. As digital literacy increases, teams will better be able to determine the best means of communication and choose the most effective channels for collaboration. Leaders stepping into new rolesThe ability for leaders to foster innovation, especially during periods of significant disruption, is critical, with technology playing a major role. In the past, technology was sometimes siloed into the domain of information technology or younger workers. Now everyone must become proficient with technology, including senior leaders. The pace of disruption is accelerating, and it is impacting leaders as much or greater than anyone else in the workplace. For business leaders, embracing digital tools to connect has become crucial. Leaders must have an understanding of the technical skills required to effectively communicate with and transform their team.Rethinking the work scheduleGlobally, workers are doing their job duties remotely as shelter-in-place orders are given to those who are able to stay home. This experiment in massive work-from-home protocol gives businesses an opportunity to rethink their structure. Since digital transformation allows workers to be productive on their own time and location, organizations are seeing the value of productivity over presenteeism. A major shift in the future could be a byproduct of today’s adaptations. Those who have been at the forefront of the digital revolution for years –– Millennial and Gen Z workers –– are leading the charge and helping others make the leap. But with everyone now needing to work together, the shifts that have been happening could now become the new normal. How prepared is your organization for digital workforce transformation? Take the Digital Evolution Pathway assessment to find out.