The Pandemic Has Made The Workforce More Trainable

If anything positive can be said to have come from the current pandemic, it would be that the workforce has become more trainable.

According to an article appearing on the HR Dive website, Marne Williams, Partner at Mckinsey and Co., told a McKinsey Live panel earlier this week that collaboration and training through videoconferencing and other tech tools have become the norm. 

We’re living in an unprecedented moment where people are more comfortable with virtual tools than they ever have been before,” Williams said during the panel discussion. She also added that virtual learning has helped organizations scale digitally and build up worker capabilities, unlike anything they had previously seen.

Workers at McKinsey who are pursuing digital programs to increase their skill levels have indicated that virtual learning alternatives have proved to be just as effective as in-person learning options.

The push for digital transformation and increased collaboration while working remotely has caused some organizations to rethink their goals in terms of how it does business. For that, Williams insists that true transformation won’t be possible until workers have the necessary skills to meet the challenge. 

The pandemic has substantially lowered the cost of training and increased its access for workers.  Since more employees are working remotely and collaboratively, this has made it possible for companies to increase employee skill sets at scale and also improve soft skills that employers across the board are looking for most. The soft skills most sought by organizations include leadership, integrity, and a strong work ethic.