With talk of robots taking over jobs in the not-so-distant future, people find themselves wondering how to ensure they don’t become obsolete.
The answer is simple: Stretch your skills, knowledge, and approach to work.
“To be ready for tomorrow, we need to stretch today,” says Barbara Mistick, who delivered a keynote address at the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Conference. “If people stretch today, it gives them a much better chance for the future.”
Mistick explores the future of work her new book, “Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace,” which she co-authored with Karie Willyerd.
The book examines steps people can take to prepare for the new world of work, where technology will play a vital role. Mistick encourages employees—and credit union leaders—to consider five transitional behaviors:
As an organization, connect your employees with a purpose. And foster innovation with a “failure wall,” where people who have failed can write down what didn’t work and share that information with others.
Take the opportunity to stretch, challenge yourself, and make career changes, Mistick says. Otherwise, you run the risk of being replaced by a robot.
“To be in control of your future, you have to have a sense that something will change,” Mistick says.
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