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The world is abuzz with numerous changes, especially in the workplace. The disruptive technologies that chronicles our modernized life and the ongoing pandemic has hastened the changes which we see now. The evidence is there in the transition to virtual working, the advent of robots, and the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace.

In recent times, keen interest has been directed towards the futures of work, post-COVID-19 era. What will the workplace look like after the coronavirus pandemic has been successfully conquered? Will the workplace look any better or worse? In a bid to answer our unasked questions, so many researchers and scientists have embarked on unending research. Yet, the changes that have occurred so far remain with us day after day.

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While it is slowly dawning on us that these changes may be here to stay especially in the light of the current pandemic, we are still long ways from embracing them. Some jobs will be lost and some will be gained. But even at this, the future of work will immensely benefit employees with the right skillset. This begs the question; in what ways will the future of work be impacted from an organizational perspective? What skills are necessary to navigate the post-COVID-19 era?

Firstly, the demand for technological and digital skills will surge in unexpected ways. No longer will mediocrity be condoned, as organizations will seek and promote relevance and higher work productivity. This invariably means that those in possession of these skills will be considered more employable from the pack.

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It is becoming increasingly obvious the place of social and emotional skills in the workforce. Companies with socially and emotionally-adept staff are thriving even during the ongoing pandemic, as their employees have come up with innovative ways of remaining relevant. Post-COVID-19 will see most organizations opting for employees that can work with others while bringing new ideas to the table.

It is no hidden fact that one of the key goals of every business is profitability while rendering maximum quality services. For this, higher cognitive skills are required. The post-COVID-19 era with the predicted downturn in the economy will see many establishments scrambling to evade financial downturn and bankruptcy.

While we continue living in the downtime that the pandemic has enforced us, brushing up our skills for the post-pandemic era may be the right decision to take. With the free and subsidized courses that several online digital companies are running, numerous opportunities exist for everyone to brush up on their desired skillset at little to no cost at all. What better way to maximize this period than to do so?

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