As PSFK explores how apps and technology can help jump start areas lacking in expertise.
Not sure how to complete a task or just looking for a little guidance around a specific topic? For today’s workforce, it’s becoming more likely that “there’s an app for that.” These tools cover a range of work-related topics from accounting and expenses to productivity and even language translation, placing instant expertise within easy reach.
While futurists of the past may have had a slightly different vision for how technology would impact the way find and access information and acquire new skills (plus flying cars), apps and other technology are quickly meeting these needs. As we explore the changing face of the modern workforce, we’re seeing the demand for mobile, multi-disciplinary and entrepreneurial employees is increasing. The implications seem to point to a push for employees who will be already be well-versed in a variety of subjects, and will quickly be able to get up to speed in others.
With more than 40 percent of the U.S. workforce and nearly 1 in 5 college graduates suffering from a shortage in basic skills, it can be argued we’re beginning to see a talent drain within the workforce. Although companies offer workplace education programs, given the nature of time sensitive project based work, this education needs to kick-in from day one. Similarly, many workplace education programs are facing a knowledge gap, as the baby boomer generation considers retirement; capturing knowledge before it disappears is crucial.
And outside of the traditional workplace, the growing numbers of freelancers and entrepreneurs are often on their own when it comes to solving the challenges of growing their businesses and taking on new opportunities. Access to a new set of tools is providing key information, where previously trial and error or conversations with those in the same boat may have been the only venue for sorting out daily questions like how to find a new assignment or how much to charge.
Below we’ve captured a cross-section of tools that are helping today’s workforce deal with many of the issues that they face:
Do you have any stories of an app saving the day? PSFK is asking readers to tell us what new technologies or apps you use to sharpen up your business skills? Send us a link to a related innovation that you use or one we might have missed.
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