Many of us remember a time when Internet access was a privilege; now, however, access to the Internet is believed to be a basic human right by 83% of global users. Smartphones are like security blankets, with 65% of digital natives reporting that they carry their devices from room to room with them. We feel safer knowing we have access at our fingertips to any information or people we need.
In a Pew Research social networking study, 72% of adults online reported that they use social media. In fact, use of all social platforms has dramatically increased since 2012.
Technology has not only changed how we consume information, it’s also defining how we learn. Companies will need to rethink how their employees are taught new skills in light of the ideals of the changing workforce.
When it comes to learning, they’d rather not silo up and go at it alone. They want to crowdsource tips and advice from their peers. Social communication tools will lead to the downfall of hierarchical barriers and department silos within an organization.
Throughout the years, we’ve seen video tutorials pop up on channels like YouTube, how-tos on Pinterest and “expert” guides on blogs. People love to learn from others just as much as they like to teach others and be considered “experts” on topics.
As a result, people are now accustomed to learning through the collective knowledge of others online. Crowdsourcing learning from a large network of people online for specific skills is a trend workplaces should hone. For managers, using the collective knowledge from other employees to train new hires means less effort in on-boarding.
Already widely used among major companies, cloud storage enables content management in a way previous systems could not. In a recent study, executives noted the key benefits of cloud storage: 63% say disaster recovery, 51% say centralized data management and 44% say cost savings.
This trend will enable managers to retrieve important documents faster through search functions as well as set access permissions. All employees will have access to company documents without the need to ask a busy manager or another employee, empowering them to be more autonomous on the job.
The Internet today is a basic need for most people — it has changed all aspects of learning, from the way we complete routine tasks to our ability to connect with others from a distance. As technology trends continue to influence learning, the workforce will need to adapt. Read more…