Today’s workforce is uneasy about their futures. And for good reason – some estimate that nearly 40% of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation in the next 15 years. This fear of automation has left employees scrambling for ways to learn new, transferable skills to ensure job security. One way to help quell those fears? Encourage cross-training.
Not only do employees benefit from learning new skills, but businesses see the advantages of a more effective, nimble and engaged workforce. Unlike the traditional hierarchy of the past, organizations today are flat and agile, so employees need a way to grow. Employees don’t want to be stuck in a narrow role so offering cross-training opportunities will attract and retain top talent. Plus, organizations need an agile, robust workforce to take on unique jobs of the future.