The Future of Work is Not The Next Great Software - It’s The Evolution of The Filipino Worker

You have probably heard of the word “future of work,” and may have read articles and reports about it (you can read about it here, here, and here). But one thing is for sure about this buzzword – it’s not just about adopting the hottest new software to make your processes and systems much easier. It’s about people, and how they can cope with the technological changes in the workplace.

The pandemic accelerated a lot of these changes, specifically the shift to remote or flexible work temporarily (some companies like Twitter controversially made the shift permanent). Those who have been putting digital transformation on the back burner are now seeing the value of “digitalizing” their systems and processes, with BPOs and financial companies leading the way in migrating much of their key services to the cloud. Web conferencing tools and project collaboration platforms are now key workplace essentials from virtually launching new projects to online trade shows.

But the key for any business or organization to be successful in the future is not just about adopting the best software in the market. It’s about the worker behind every software, every tool, every process, and every system in your business. 76 percent of Filipinos in a survey said having digital literacy skills is very important.

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F(DEV), Filinvest’s digital transformation arm, is determined to pursue its mission to invest in disruptive digital platforms and solutions to address underserved markets in the country. And one of those underserved markets is the workforce. One of F(DEV)’s initial strategic partnerships in preparing people for the future of work is its collaboration with Amazon, where they help “accelerate digital transformation across Filinvest business teams” with “Amazon’s “learn and be curious” culture” and “Working Backwards methodology” (more here).

One strategy to helping Filipino workers evolve to become more fluid with the modern work environment and changes in the workplace is by providing them with education to acquire essential digital skills. According to the Department of Science and Technology, the Philippines ranked 83rd out of 138 countries in terms of technological readiness. Sure, Filipinos in the top for social media usage, but the Department of Trade and Industry believes that the country can become a technological leader.

As such a movement was born.

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The 2030 Movement is the first digital upskilling movement in the Philippines. Together with Filinvest, F(DEV), and General Assembly, a global EdTech company with over a decade’s worth of industry experience in professional education and career transformation, The 2030 Movement was a successful week-long Digital School initiative that offered free bite-sized masterclasses and skillset-specific learning sessions held by industry leaders and GA experts for free. Over 3k industry and working professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, and employees attended the Digital School initiative on March 15-18, 2022 (more here).

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