The new worker: A resilient and tireless learner
The competitive environment and challenging market conditions require employees’ continuously evolving and resilient learning processes. The present article analyses the best practices, environmental conditions, and threats affecting people’s development, including the correlated productivity issues.
Virtuality provides endless opportunities to contribute remotely, spaceless, and timelessness, where productivity is associated with results associated with committed deliverables and not related to a manager looking if the person remains attached to the desk or micromanages their activities. Hence, the freedom and flex work options create an opportunity to enhance self-awareness about career weaknesses and market requirements. Those factors shall be used to assess the career development stage, then prepare a plan to attend to weaknesses and participate in future challenges and opportunities.
Skills, talent, and interests dive into the route for learning and development; a continuous measure, analysis, and correction increase the chance to fit the industry and market expectations. Conversely, a disconnected individual from reality or lacking buy-in to career needs creates career anchors and stagnation. When self-awareness does not cope with the impulse to start a continuous learning process, the Human Resources (HR) unit must take action to increase awareness.
The resilient learner becomes curious and reluctant to stagnation
The resilient learner becomes curious and reluctant to stagnation because the comfort zone reflects a sticky trap where resources believe that external changes are means to getting uncomfortable, living on a parallel reality deviating career paths and future job opportunities. The new learning paradigm avoids the uni-directional teaching process where an instructor provides information without feedback; instead, collaborative learning enriches the experience where the learner and lecturer exchange experiences and viewpoints to create a unique experience associated with group collaboration.
Building resilient learner capabilities is not related to aging or the career stage; as earlier the process starts, the long-lasting will remain across the labor interaction. Programs that began at the university level, where students engage with up-to-date industry needs and exclusive learning, increase future success by providing networking and market visibility tools.
There is no discrimination within adversity, mainly when stagnation retains education development. Resilience is required to navigate through hard learning times, where financial, professional, and personal constraints become the most common roadblocks to engaging in future learning. There is no limitation to starting a learning journey, significantly when people acquire new knowledge for professional development. However, with clear grit and expectations, the future worker might find roadblocks and drawbacks that require further attempts and continuous activities until goal achievement is supported by small wins while embracing a resilient learning environment.
A research paper indicates, “Unexpected developments often bring unforeseen challenges,” wherein changing job market conditions hesitate employees forcing them to tackle control of their development. Nevertheless, the initiative to acquire new skills and become competitive increases the opportunities; those starting points must require a combination of self-initiative plus internal support from organizational needs and leadership support; indeed, the latter’s absence shall not compromise development activities.
When people remain in the same position and activities without changes, there is a high probability of stagnation and belonging to the comfort zone
When people remain in the same position and activities without changes, there is a high probability of stagnation and belonging to the comfort zone. The need to develop skills to drive career development enables users to prioritize their needs, and associate these with short, medium, and long-term learning goals. Therefore, creating smart goals becomes fundamental to reaching the target without diluting it inside nonreal plans. A smart goal is specific, where the learner defines a narrow goal indicating what is expected to be accomplished; measurable, a goal that provides a numeric value to show the accomplishment; this numeric value reflects a certification achievement, course completion, or grade reach. An achievable goal represents a tangible result based on the current skills, resources, and capabilities. A relevant goal increases the success probabilities and serves as a purpose for career development. A goal aligned with a person’s grit acquires the highest relevance. The time frame acquires relevance because a goal skewed against the time expectations decreases the impact, and the resources invested could be lost.
Once the goals are defined, it is necessary to determine a timeline where dedicated spaces create routines to achieve the target. The learning process must be nurtured by an appropriate environment, including the required furniture to provide the necessary comfort maximizing the experience and keeping the person far from position or backbone problems. Another break point is the capacity to focus, wherein maintaining it for long periods is difficult; with practice, the focus periods can be increased up to twenty minutes, then take a ten-minute break to return recharged.
Reaching a quiet concentration level involves external factor isolation like a quiet room and a blocked calendar; respecting those factors promotes routines and habit development. Concentration requires self-awareness about typical switches between activities or distractors, which are not restricted to cell phones, whose continuous interaction becomes disturbing, affects concentration, and moves people close to an addiction. Also, The email inbox becomes another threat to productivity. It is a paradox because many people jump to answer emails as they arrive, disconnecting users from their tasks and generating engagement issues with productivity. Checking the email within defined timeframes supports the focus. It nurtures a routine that helps time management associated with deep focus development. When a learner keeps from the phone, defining a timeframe to attend communication, including a reduced number of windows, promotes focusing and increases learning success.
Resource attractiveness becomes a key asset since HR business partners, and recruitment specialists look for up-to-date individuals who can engage with corporate culture and are firmly attached to its strategy. Therefore, a talent acquisition suite is a key to finding the right talent faster. In addition, the up-to-date curriculum vitae is supported by progressive learning and the required skills mapping to achieve higher visibility and attractiveness within the recruitment process.
Corporate learning promotes competitiveness and opportunities to develop a business based on market requirements and corporate strategy. The resource development aligned with the strategy requires a robust and flexible learning platform to promote continuous training and development track; a system to provide state-of-the-art tools for employees and leaders aiming to bilateral tracking and goals achievement to support structured learning.
Wrap-up and recommendations
A resilient and tireless learner becomes the foundation for the new worker. This self-aware person understands the requirements and avoids career stagnation, achieving high visibility in the recruitment market.
Self-awareness and continuous observation maintain stagnation far from your desk, bypassing career slippages and keeping persons outlying from their comfort zone.
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Hi Cayo Betancourt,
thank you for sharing this interesting perspective on the resilient learner, which we all should strive to be now or become in the future. Great insight into what is necessary to keep on learning. Especially interesting is the aspect of how flex work really frees up capacity which people can use to start assessing their development wishes. Looking forward to more content in this context!
Dear Lena Beier,
Thanks for your comments. The learning process becomes a lifelong activity wherein awareness increases the success rate supported by resilience and willingness to improve.
I'm preparing further content about the topic,