What futurist Alvin Toffler first said almost 30 year ago about learning is still deeply relevant today, and knowledge sharing is more important than ever for managing future shock:
“The illiterate of the 21st centurywill not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
‘Future shock’ was coined by Toffler to describe the individual or societal psychological state of not quite coping with “too much change in too short a period of time”.
That sense of not quite knowing what to do to keep up with rapid change is still with us today half a century later because humankind has never been content with the status quo and, whether some of us like it or not, we have always pursued relentless exponential growth.
And rightly so.
To once again quote Toffler, “Change is not merely necessary to life—it is life.”
However, just knowing this doesn’t give us the capacity to deal with change.
In predicting HR technology disruptions for 2017, Bersin by Deloitte articulates present day variants of the age old conundrum of change management:
- 92% of companies know they must reorganise to adopt an agile, innovative digital culture.
- 86% of business leaders rate culture as one of their most urgent talent issues.
- 82% of companies aren’t satisfied with their current HR management process.
However, the percentage of business leaders who are confident that they know how to address these challenges is only 14%.
Bersin predicts that the disruptive trends that change the way organisations and individuals manage change will be in nine areas:
- Performance management
- Real time engagement feedback
- People analytics
- Learning technology market
- Talent acquisition
- Contingent workforce management
- Merger of team management and HR tools
- Wellness and fitness apps in employee engagement
- Digitalisation and automation of HR processes
With every market in HR technology disrupted as new tools surface, business and HR managers will do well to choose the tools that simplify the complexity of managing their responsibilities while producing great results.
Velpic, for one, ticks many boxes in helping you develop a strong capacity to deal with change by enabling learning, unlearning and relearning at a fast yet manageable pace.
- It provides a next-gen LMS that streamlines, eliminates and automates multiple workplace training processes.
- It allows you and your workforce to embrace mobile learning and microlearning.
- Beyond simplifying training management, it also provides a user-friendly solution that makes frequent sharing of any knowledge that benefits a business easy to achieve.
Take heart that technology itself can solve the problems that technology seems to have brought to humankind. It just needs to be better and Velpic exists and evolves because my team and I are passionate about making things better.
Check out some of our resources on knowledge sharing:
- [Infographic] Why knowledge sharing is critical for business continuity
- [eBook] How to profit from knowledge sharing in the workplace
- [Blog] Empowering teams for successful knowledge sharing
- [Blog] The business benefits of increasing lateral knowledge sharing
- [Blog] The importance of knowledge management in future-focused organisations