Research finds technology changes outpacing workers

Artificial intelligence, automation and other cutting edge technologies are transforming the workplace, but workers feel left behind due to lack of professional development

Digital technology is transforming work, yet Australian workers don’t feel equipped for the changes because of a lack of training, according to new Swinburne research. 

The Centre for the New Workforce and YouGov at Swinburne University of Technology found 61 per cent of Australian workers don’t think their current skillset is suited for the next five years of work. The survey, which polled a nationally representative sample of 1060 working Australians in late November, in partnership with YouGov, wanted to understand how Australian workers are preparing for work being transformed by digital technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and automation.

When asked about the main barriers to learning at work, 56 per cent reported ‘not having dedicated time for learning’, while 39 per cent stated ‘unsupportive working environment where learning is stigmatised’.

“The pace of change is real and continues to accelerate in Australian workplaces. As digital technologies transform work across the economy, workers will need to continuously learn to stay ahead of the disruption curve,”  said Swinburne Centre for the New Workforce research lead and director, Dr Sean Gallagher.

The report also found 51 per cent of Australian workers spend less than one hour a week at work on any form of learning, including 20 per cent of Australian workers who do no learning at all at work. Just over one-third (34 per cent) spend between one to four hours per week on learning at work, while 15 per cent of Australian workers spend five hours a week or more learning at work.

For Gallagher, the low levels of workplace learning is a serious concern, with workers themselves saying they are falling behind and are not prepared for the digital era. 

“But bridging the capability gap does not mean employers have to lose hours of productivity from their employees each week being in expensive training courses,” he said.

Combining uniquely human skills - emotional, collaborative, creative, communication and entrepreneurial - with more advanced technical skills and higher-level cognitive skills such as decision-making gives workers a competitive advantage over technology, Gallagher said.

“Not only is the worker able to develop expertise to work effectively in the digital era, this learning actually creates new value that can enhance the competitive advantage for the organisation to avoid disruption,” he said. “And by better integrating learning into the flow of work, especially where it is increasingly collaborative, organisations will create a far more supportive workplace for learning.”

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, follow our regular updates via CMO Australia's Linkedin company page, or join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia. 

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Latest Videos

More Videos

Invest and earn with Coinbloc .us. Guaranteed Weekly ROI, early signals, fast withdrawals among others. I recommend Coinbloc .us as on...

Hans Jensen

Explainer: What marketers need to know about cryptocurrency

Read more

Investment decisions are a big deal, so why not get some guidance? You can day-trade cryptos, BUY and HOLD and evaluate the assets with f...

Dave Sigurd

Gartner: Digital isn't enough of a superpower for CMOs anymore

Read more

I normally don’t feel comfortable investing online but because the company I worked for downsized due to the pandemic and I was one of th...

Dave Sigurd

CMO's top 8 martech stories for the week - 9 June 2022

Read more

Investment decisions are a big deal, so why not get some guidance? You can day-trade cryptos, BUY and HOLD and evaluate the assets with f...

Dave Sigurd

Creating a marketplace for wellness

Read more

A solution for an retail industry data extraction. https://e-scraper.com/usefu...

"e-Scraper" Data Extracting

​Catchoftheday launches fee-based online shopping club

Read more

Blog Posts

3 things marketing leaders need to do to effectively lead hybrid teams

Many marketing leaders are scrambling to give their people more flexible work. And they need to: PWC’s Future of Work report showed 90 per cent of staff want some form of hybrid or remote workplace.

Scott Stein

Leadership consultant

2 hidden ingredients for leadership success CMOs need to know

Your success as a senior marketing professional has much in common with your success as a leader. Both marketing, and leadership activities, depend on building trust, encouraging action, and reliably fulfilling promises that have been made.

Gerard Penna

Leadership advisor, coach

How shifting economic trends are impacting digital media

Between further interest rate rises, inflation​, empty shelves, extortionate lettuce prices, supply chain issues and the barely believable events in Eastern Europe, the past six months there’s been a cacophony of environmental factors.

Kieran Reed

Senior digital manager, Alpha Digital

Sign in