There is currently a lot of concern surrounding the negative impact that global workforce believe technology will have on them. They believe that it is only a matter of time before robots will replace humans and companies will reap the profitable rewards of the downsizing of their workforces.
This article from HBR puts forward a different argument that robots and technology WILL take jobs that humans currently do, however, new roles mainly around the need to build and make sense of data, will be created.
In order to remain competitive, companies need to really understand their future strategy, the jobs and individuals that will be needed to deliver it and start to implement its talent acquisition strategy today.
Your competitors have already started building their new workforce, their workforce of tomorrow and so stop thinking about filling roles of today and start thinking about identifying employees that have the potential expertise and ability to deliver tomorrow's challenges.
Focus on hiring potential and not on today's needs.
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The strategic underpinnings of most companies’ workforce plans should change dramatically as a result of technological innovation. Digital transformation, the industrial internet, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and a plethora of other innovations are fundamentally changing the nature of work. Machine learning, for example, may not eliminate many jobs in their entirety. But it will impact the way many jobs are performed, requiring new skills and making many existing skills less valuable. The World Economic Forum predicts that “by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today.”