Sean Morris, principal at Deloitte, outlines how lifelong learning initiatives can help maintain a skilled workforce.
Reskilling the workforce to solve new challenges is one of the goals laid out in the President’s Management Agenda. The Office of Management and Budget set the ball rolling with their Federal Reskilling Initiative, and other agencies are working on their own projects. Sean Morris, principal at Deloitte, says that with life expectancy increasing, employees need more training to maintain an effective workforce. “This may take your breath away but humans are living longer and they’re wanting to work longer and so now you’re seeing people in the workforce for 60 to 80 years. They’re going to have to go through multiple pivots during that work lifetime. So, having constant learning moments is going to be incredibly important for them to stay up with the latest trends or the latest technologies. To improve their softer skills around collaboration and empathy. It is a bit of a cost to think about working that long. But then actually having those opportunities for growth is what is going to make the difference and make them more engaged in the workplace.”