Skills to safeguard against AI replacing your job

05 Dec Skills to safeguard against AI replacing your job

The rapid rise of new technologies in the workplace are changing the very nature of work itself. From automation to artificial intelligence (AI), the rise of IT will see employers reconsider how they organise work, and the types of candidate qualities they seek.

A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute (1) forecasts that future organisations will shift their focus towards social and emotional skills during the hiring process. Recruiters are increasingly attuned to sourcing candidates that display high levels of personal leadership ability and sociability.

As we move into a period of change and uncertainty, it is important to retain the capability to repeatedly reinvent yourself. According to Yuval Noah Harari (author of Sapiens), ‘The most important investment that people can make is not to learn a particular skill—”I’ll learn how to code computers,” or “I will learn Chinese,” or something like that. No, the most important investment is really in building this more flexible mind or personality’ (2).

Emotional flexibility and leadership skills are quickly becoming highly valued candidate qualities. But what is the best way to build these qualities?

Nurturing your levels of emotional intelligence (EI) is a great way to prepare yourself for the future of work. Here are some tips to fine tune your EI:

  1. Try to name your emotions. It is easy to be swept away with the many emotions we feel each day. By taking the time to pause and reflect on what you are experiencing allows us to simplify and understand what we’re feeling, so that you can choose the right intervention technique.
  2. Learn to respond rather than react. Emotional triggers can lead us to react to certain situations in an unconscious way that expresses that emotion. Yet learning how to respond, rather than react, is a key skill of emotionally intelligent people.
  3. Use proven intervention methods to escape strong emotions. Emotions are generated in the part of our brain called the Amygdala. Emotions happen fast and have physiological effects such as getting flushed, hot or increased heart-beat. When you experience a strong emotion, it takes just 6 seconds for the rational thinking part of the brain to catch up. So, count to 6 and breathe.

Remember that fostering emotional intelligence is a lifelong journey, but by taking these steps each day, you can nurture your own emotional wellbeing and positive relationships in the workplace. That is key for remaining a valuable candidate in the future.