With technology continuing to move on apace, it’s vital that managers plan for, and build, digital fluency across their organisations.
In so doing, it allows companies to move on from historic practices, align with current practice and facilitate training for employees in order that they are able to quickly learn and embrace emerging technologies.
This can often require creation, navigation and interpretation of large amounts of information.
What is digital fluency?
With AI technology taking over a number of tasks, companies must equip themselves with teams of people who knowledgeable on the subject matter and effective in its implementation.
It’s no longer just in the remit of an IT department to ensure best practice.
Developing digital fluency
Training is necessary to develop digital fluency skills of course, but as with anything new, it’s key to get buy-in from the staff who will use it. The importance of person to person motivation and development of digital fluency cannot be underestimated.
Digital fluency and emerging technologies
Staff have to be constantly adapting as emerging technologies have the potential to continuously evolve.
Building digital fluency builds capacity both in terms of effective resource deployment, but also in terms of performance and satisfaction for people.
The importance of leadership
Training in new technologies needs to span the entire organisation, but leaders should not ignore the trickle-down effect.
Formal training can be combined with internal mentoring within the organisation to great effect.
Ensuring that leaders recognise and embrace the importance of digital fluency is also vital.
Many leaders may not be of the generation that have spent their entire careers immersed in technology.
Ultimately, widespread digital fluency is non-optional for modern organisations.
Finding ways to train, mentor and encourage employees and leaders to embrace it will create a culture of innovation that stays competitive in the face of constant technological advancements and innovations.