Automation and technology will continue to influence the American workforce moving forward. There will be a need for skilled, training, innovative workers. Now a new report predicts that the U.S. may experience a shortfall of 600,00 to 12.5 million workers by 2030.
To prepare now for the future, your company can start with a few steps:
- Perform strategic workforce planning. Regularly assess the size, composition, and development of your workforce. Evaluate future demand based on strategic directions, then determine the gaps for certain jobs and skills. Proactively design the measures needed to close those gaps and develop measures to address evolving needs over time.
- Upskill and reskill existing workforces. Anticipate what skills will be needed for different positions and make sure workers get equipped with those now.
- Create a lifelong learning culture. Make sure workers understand that learning isn’t one and done. Give them regular opportunities for learning.
- Rethink talent recruitment and retention strategies. Consider innovations like creating an employee pool in which people who can be assigned new skills swiftly and agilely.