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Why could the digital transformation become the horror word of 2019 in human resources?

Until now, key words such as Industry 4.0, Smart Factory or 3D printer have often been associated with it and any form of technology is strained as soon as the word "digital" appears. But even here, it is the people behind it, and they are still the most important resource of a company. After all, what good is the most modern and innovative technology if the specialists trained for it are not available.

How is the digital transformation evaluated by the companies?

It has long since ceased to be a question of whether digitisation is already exerting an influence on the personnel development of German-speaking companies; this could be answered with a clear yes, as the eLearning Benchmarking Study by publisher Frank Siepmann shows. Here you can access the current benchmark studies from the eLearning Journal.

Study results from 2017 versus 2018

In 2017, 40 of the entrepreneurs surveyed described the impact of digitisation as "high" and the participants in the study described the impact as "moderate". In the current study, the figure climbed from 40 to 47, meaning that nearly one out of every two companies admits that the influence on in-company initial and continuing vocational training is "extremely relevant". The value of "moderate" importance rose by just under 10 from 35.4 to 45.5.

Assessment of the relevance of digital influence based on the size of the company

If the number of employees in the companies participating in the survey is taken into account, the assessment of the impact of the digital transformation on in-company training fluctuates between 38.3 and 58.7 (companies with up to 500 employees and companies with more than 25,000 employees).

Conversely, the result is that the digital transformation has not only arrived "in general" in the economy, no, it has also reached human resource management across the board.

Of course it is not enough to get stuck in the realisation that digital transformation is important.

What are the tasks of the human resource departments (HR)?

A few basic questions can help here first:

What are the digital skills that are becoming essential for employees? What is meant by this?

Digital literacy is understood to mean

  • Media literacy
  • Collaboration Competence
  • communication competence and also the
  • Innovation Competence

And this applies to both employees and managers.

The eLearning BENCHMARKING also revealed

"The changed competence requirements" are among the major challenges of digital transformation, agree the 95.6 percent of the companies surveyed.

However, other competences such as technical and social skills may also be neglected. Alongside digital literacy, this is one of the keys to managing transformation. E-learning is currently becoming one of the greatest opportunities for this task. Processes can thus be optimized for work in order to save time and costs in the future.

According to a survey* among German managers, they estimate that just 38 percent of their employees are sufficiently qualified for digitization. Accordingly, companies are massively relying on further training programs to impart digital know-how and agile methods to their employees.

Learn more in the etventure study "Digital Transformation 2018″

So what is clearly evident here is that HR staff are invited to deal with these issues in depth. Not that the digital transformation is mutating into an overused and annoying taboo word.

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