Randstad’s latest Workmonitor survey revealed that 87% of respondents in Malaysia are willing to be re-trained to ensure their employability. This sentiment is highest among more mature workers, with 92% of respondents aged from 35 to 44 years old feeling so.
COVID-19 has created an urgent need for employees and job seekers to sharpen their digital literacy skills to remain competitive. This ‘wake-up call’ may heighten employees’ expectations not just of their employer to upskill them, but also of the government to provide relevant training programmes. As such, companies that embrace technology to pivot their product and service offerings to their customers will emerge stronger from the pandemic.
a learning environment can attract and retain young employees.
75% of respondents believe younger workers are more attractive to employers due to the “tech-savvy” skills they possess.
Though younger talents are seen to be more desirable for their digital knowledge, employers can’t expect them to drive the organisation’s digital agenda. Instead, companies should foster a workplace culture that embraces a lifelong learning attitude.
Employers should also step up to provide more dynamic and robust training programmes that can help their workforce get to where they want to be. Companies that choose this time to create a learning culture at work and invest in their people will be able to enjoy the benefits of having a highly skilled workforce in driving productivity as well as improving profitability and reputation in the future.