UK business leaders committed to future-proofing workforces by 2020

UK business leaders committed to future-proofing workforces by 2020

Eighty per cent of UK business leaders are committed to a 2020 deadline to make drastic changes to business functions, research by Cisco has revealed.

The ‘Next Act’ research surveyed more than 1,000 leaders, highlighting the rapidly changing business environment and need for improvement of future skills.

The research found that 55% of business leaders believe that they will need to change their employees’ job roles to keep up with changing paces.

Scot Gardner, Cisco UK and Ireland’s CEO says that “we are in an era of extraordinary change which is both catalysed and enabled by technology”.

However, he explains that “the opportunity presented by new technology cannot be realised in a vacuum. As the research highlights, business leaders in the UK see the need to focus on people, purpose and partnerships to have a positive impact on both the business environment and wider society – we now have to ensure we act upon it.”

Furthermore, 78% believe technologies that power automation, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, play key roles in the future of work. And, almost three-quarters say that they must make changes accordingly.

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Based on the results of the survey, business leaders are urged to consider the impact on their workforce ahead of future digital advancements. Here are some of  Cisco's guidelines for undertaking appropriate action:

Consider the people – upskilling workforces to help them thrive in the future

Partnerships – Collaborating with other businesses is key to success

Have a strong vision for the future – Considering next steps to help overcome changes smoothly.

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