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GetSmarter Reveals the Results of "Future of Work is Here" Survey

By HR Tech Outlook | Monday, October 12, 2020

Insights from the "Future of Work is Here" offer employers and employees worldwide with tangible takeaways on how they can enhance their competitive advantage in today's evolving workforce and respond to megatrends that have been accelerated by the pandemic.

FREMONT, CA: GetSmarter, a 2U brand, revealed the results of a survey that explored the future of work, as accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Future of Work is Here" data highlights the value of continued learning as technology and automation alter the workforce, details the significance of upskilling and reskilling, and focuses on the importance of soft skills.

The survey of more than 8,000 global respondents across various industries was first conducted by GetSmarter in November 2019, with a second survey in May 2020 to capture the new realities created by COVID-19. While workforces are largely remote, the findings from the second deployment were directionally consistent with the results of the first wave of fieldwork, underscoring the value of this data and its learning for both remote and in-person employers and employees.

Insights from the "Future of Work is Here" offer employers and employees worldwide with tangible takeaways on how they can enhance their competitive advantage in today's evolving workforce and respond to megatrends that have been accelerated by the pandemic. Responses from experts and professionals across job roles recommend that as the workforce continues to change at a rapid pace, employees and businesses will require to place a significant emphasis on continuous learning to stay relevant. Alongside clear recommendations for jobseekers on making themselves strong candidates for future employers, the report also delivers first-hand learning to employers—most specifically, human resource and learning development teams—on ways to keep employees engaged and the significance of upskilling to attract and retain top talent.

"Regardless of geography or sector, the upskilling and reskilling imperative—accelerated by COVID-19—is driving growing demand for shorter, non-degree based learning for working professionals," 2U Co-Founder and CEO Christopher "Chip" Paucek said. "In response, employees—on their own and with the support of their employers—are increasingly turning to short courses as an effective way to stay relevant and navigate this fast changing landscape while developing critical new leadership competencies and skills."

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