Training staff on new technology, now a challenge: says Robert Half (Singapore)

According to research done by Robert Half, 93% of all business leaders say that training employees on new technology are challenging and time taking. Most of their energy and funds are exhausted on training sessions and exercises.

Managing director of Robert Half Singapore says that Singapore is very quickly transforming its organizational cultures and moving towards a more digital approach to reach their goals. This has been of great long term advantage to the Singaporean workplaces and has helped them solidify their position as global digital leaders. However, research suggests that a gap between technology and the employees has occurred because of the rapid growth of technology, hence shrinking their learning abilities and adaptability to the new technology. This has pressurized organizations to cover this gap as soon as they can so that they too can cope with the continuously changing world.

The three biggest obstacles faced by leaders in Singapore to help their employees adapt to new technologies are as follows:

  • difficulty integrating with legacy systems and processes (39%)
  • the effort or cost to implement new technologies being greater than the benefits (38%)
  • a belief that the technologies are unproven (36%)

The research also showed that 92% of Singaporean business leaders find it challenging to source professionals who have the skills to run new technology. 73% of leaders had to face an increase in staff training budgets.

Robert Half’s report clearly says that Singaporean leaders have approved the implementation of flexible staffing models to build more active workforces and to make them more responsive to the benefits they get from new technology. The staffing model will consist of both permanent employees, interns, and professionals who’ll guide the employees and interns in the time of need. The majority of the leaders agree that having a professional-amateur mix will help improve employee skills, and will help them implement a digital structure more efficiently.

Further explaining the flexible staffing, Imbert-Bouchard says that it allows companies in Singapore to quickly get on board with the management talents that suit them the most. This can help companies build a better workforce so that they can maximize every opportunity they get.

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