Employee Mobility and Learning

4/30/2014

Here are a couple of statistics to help you grasp the scale of mobility in the modern workforce.

  • At least 40% of the global workforce has some sort of flexible work arrangement.
  • Virtual workers are found to have more employee satisfaction than their office-bound peers.
  • According to the international Data Corporation’s Annual Tracker, Europe has the lowest percentage of mobile workers, at 12%, followed by Asia (with the exception of Japan), with 19%, and the Americas, with 22%. The highest mobile worker saturation rate is in Japan, with 65% of the workforce having some sort of flexibility arrangement.

So with this in mind, leaders and their employees have to focus on the skills needed to work in a globally dispersed working environment. These include:

  • Digital skills (including the ability to work virtually)
  • Agile thinking skills (in the volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous world)
  • Interpersonal and communication skills (including being able to communicate across cultures and engage in virtual teaming)
  • Global operating skills (the ability to manage a diverse group)

With more of their workforce located around the world, employers need to select employees who have the skills and knowledge necessary to work across borders and across cultures.

Lynne Tarter