Machines should not render people jobless
SEE ALSO :COTU wants jobs freeze order liftedWhile some people are excited about these new developments, others aren’t. So, what will be the best jobs of the future? Will the marketplace of the future be a model for gender parity, with women enjoying equal prospects to men in terms of seniority and salary? Or will these new norms increase or eliminate all forms of child labour? New norms, challenges and opportunities keep emerging. According to World Economic Forum estimates by 2022, more than half of employees will have to upskill or reskill, meaning that many workers will have to either gain additional expertise relating to their positions or learn brand new skills entirely. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in its recent report has recommended that work in the future be human-centred. Created in 1919, in the aftermath of the First World War, this United Nations Labour body is commemorating 100 years of championing decent work and fair globalisation. In many African countries, informal economies translate to 66 per cent of the total employment throughout sub-Saharan Africa. ILO reasons that the future of employment is not going to be determined alone by technology but by choices to be made by policymakers and it is perfectly possible, with the application of exactly the same technologies, to create what we would regard as very positive employment-rich solutions.
SEE ALSO :Atwoli: BBI report recipe for anarchyBut, are workers’ skills up to date? Skills are the currency of the 21st century and, together with education, they are crucial factors influencing the future of our societies and economies. Let organisations match workers’ skills with the future needs of the labour market. By orchestrating more tailor-made and customised interventions, they can achieve better results and nurture the context within which both individuals and firms can thrive. In this vein, training, learning and development are critical to technology-enabled workplaces, yet many organisations are failing to deliver enough. Imperatively, organisations, should engage in continuous and personalised learning that allows individuals to design their own learning journey in a way that is responsive to the needs of their roles and standards across all businesses in order to manage digital transformation effectively. Also, Kenya should substantially increase the number of youths and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. Thus, unprecedented innovations brought about by technology offer countless opportunities which should be embraced through action, so as to get rid of inequality and uncertainty. Without decisive action, we will be sleepwalking into a world that widens gender gap, promotes child labour and increases human unfairness in world of work.
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