digital transformation from chrysalis to butterfly

What sparked Klarity 4.0 HR?

I am fascinated by how, through history, each industrial revolution has improved productivity, leading to a positive impact on society and crucially improving working conditions.

With the fourth industrial revolution and Digital Transformation, this will continue.

I can’t entirely agree with the prospect of robots taking over our jobs. Instead, humans will continue to play a central role, utilising skills of creativity, insight, complex reasoning, and emotional intelligence. In the same way, computers and software packages have meant that people who previously performed secretarial roles are no longer required.

However, those people are now undertaking roles as Quality Assurance Technicians, Human Resource Administrators, or Executive Assistants. Those individuals have learned and acquired new skills, which has meant they can pivot with the changing environment. This requires organisational support, confidence, investment, and commitment to be uncomfortable while learning.

For several years, I have successfully delivered change programmes in global businesses in the manufacturing, aerospace, nuclear, and engineering sectors. Having worked more recently in SMEs (Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises), I fully understand the time and resource constraints. It is hard to honour the commitments made, ensuring that quality products delivered on time to the customer. Therefore, it is entirely understandable that business leaders are not focused on how new technologies or ways of working could transform their businesses, yet.

The same businesses tend to suffer from low productivity, inefficient working practices, inaccurate data, and without digital foundations in place will be unable to fully maximise their growth and productivity.

Engaging Digital Adoption brings together digital technologies and people in a unique way to harness the full potential of Digital Transformation. Successful Digital Adoption happens when the team owns the new technology who look at ways to improve it, and new habits withstand the pressure of delivery.

One of the most significant barriers to Digital Adoption is the lack of engagement with the workforce.  

In my experience, shop floor staff already feel left behind with spreadsheets and will feel even more daunted by the prospect of using digital technologies. They have a latent talent, an incredible experience, and tacit knowledge to be harnessed. We must capture their unique insights to inform the technology and pass on to the next generation of workers. In the next few years, we will have five generations in the workplace, and without engaging adoption, their skills and talents could be left behind.

With Klarity 4.0 HR, I aim to create a community of practice, supporting and enabling individuals to perform at their best, developing new behaviours and being a catalyst for business success. All of which embodies my values of caring for people and leaving a lasting legacy.

I recently delivered a webinar as part of the Digital Leaders Virtual Summit where I share my thoughts on ‘Cultivating the Conditions for Engaging Digital Adoption’, which can be viewed here. I am interested to know your thoughts.

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