We are living in an era of rapid change. As we consider the way we work, the changes seem enormous. If you think about your grandfather, he probably worked in fabric doing manual work or in a large company doing administration work with a lot of paperwork and huge files. Considering your work, it is probably possible that you do most of it with just your computer or smartphone. As for future generations, we have no idea what technology they will use. 

There is no doubt that the way we work is constantly changing, and we need to be prepared for future demands. In fact, you are affected by the changes every year, and you don’t need to wait until future generations to see them. Additionally, the Covid crisis encourages us to change some aspects of our work rapidly. Digitalization, new methods of telecommunication, and remote working are just a few examples of these changes. 

As a result, you must improve your skills to prepare for current and future challenges. Increasingly, we are relying on technologies that provide us with tremendous benefits. However, if poorly managed, digital technology also negatively impacts sleep, relationships, mental health, and your ability to do productive, focused work. That is why we at The Digital Wellness Institute are committed to helping individuals and organizations build a positive digital culture, which increases employee and customer loyalty, improves retention and recruitment, and enhances overall well-being.

The 10 Most-In-Demand Skills for the next 10 years

The Forbes magazine reported (1) that in the next ten years, there will be ten most in-demand skills that are good to consider acquiring. It is not just technical skills that are needed, but also soft critical skills:

1. Digital Literacy: The skill of using devices, software, and apps safely and confidently. It is essential to be able to communicate and collaborate effectively using digital tools.

2. Data Literacy: Knowing how to access and work with appropriate data. The ability to extract meaning from data and communicate that meaning to others. Additionally, it is important to be able to question any data you are working with for its integrity and validity.

3. Critical Thinking: Using evidence rather than hearsay, personal opinions, or biases to analyze issues and situations. You can question the validity of evidence and figure out what is true and what isn’t in various situations.

4. Emotional Intelligence: the ability to understand how emotions influence your behavior and those around you and to manage them effectively.

5. Creativity: The ability to turn imaginative ideas into reality. It involves creating new ideas to fix issues, finding solutions to problems, and imagining beyond the present situation.

6. Collaboration: Effectively communicate and collaborate with a variety of colleagues who move between projects and teams

7. Flexibility: Learn to cope with constant change by developing mental resilience. Being adaptable, open-minded, curious, and willing to learn new things to adjust to new conditions.

8. Leadership Skills: Making other people thrive by bringing out their best.

9. Time Management: It’s about working smarter, not harder. Use your most productive time wisely while reserving your less effective hours for other tasks. Your mental health will also benefit from this because you’ll have a better work-life balance, allowing you to spend more time on what’s most important to you.

10. Curiosity and Continuous Learning: Staying flexible and accepting changes and keeping your skills sharp are essential to adapting to today’s significant changes.

The importance of Digital Wellness

Among this long list, we want to highlight two points we believe are crucial for the new digital age. They are point number 1, Digital Literacy, and point number 9, Time management. We need to develop both skills to take advantage of all the benefits of digital technology. Screen time can have unintended consequences since you probably spend over half your day connected to a device. 

Our goal is to help organizations and individuals reach Digital Wellness, a state of health and well-being that each user of technology can achieve. By using technology, people can live in a way that promotes optimal health and well-being, integrating their body, mind, and spirit to live more fully within the human, natural, and digital communities.

A digital literacy skill includes learning, working, and navigating the digital world daily. Staying up-to-date with new technologies and understanding how they might affect your career and your business. We see Digital Wellness as a spectrum, ranging from excessive technology use, which may lead to digital addiction, to complete unplugging, such as detoxing. We strive to help individuals flourish by finding a healthy balance for living with technology rather than trying to escape it.

Time management is an essential part of your workplace performance. You can work from home, in an office full-time, run your own business, or work for an organization. You don’t need extra hours if you know how to manage your time well. You should schedule your daily activities related to your job and your free time. You may not have time for a full-hour workout while working from home, but you may be able to take a brisk walk during your day. It is possible to manage your time so that you can accomplish all your tasks without neglecting important aspects of your life. 

The Digital Wellness Institute is dedicated to creating lasting behavioral and cultural changes through a targeted approach to improving digital well-being. As you can see on our website, we help you to do this through Courses, Consulting, and Certification. 

References

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2022/08/22/the-top-10-most-in-demand-skills-for-the-next-10-years/?sh=1972b38117be

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