There is much talk these days on what it takes to navigate and thrive in the workplace. Business gurus refer to today’s business climate as VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
“The deeper meaning of each element of VUCA serves to enhance the strategic significance of VUCA foresight and insight as well as the behavior of groups and individuals in organizations. It discusses systemic failure and behavioral failures, which are characteristic of organizational failure.” – Wikipedia
V = Volatility. The nature and dynamics of change, and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts.
U = Uncertainty. The lack of predictability, the prospects for a surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events.
C = Complexity. The multiplex of forces, the confounding of issues, no cause-and-effect chain and confusion that surrounds organization.
A = Ambiguity. The haziness of reality, the potential for misreads, and the mixed meanings of conditions; cause-and-effect confusion.
With this constant state of VUCA and the move towards globalization, employees need to stay current with new techniques, technology, and trends. Through workplace education and training, organizations can advance their employees’ skills and knowledge, resulting in increased productivity and growth for the company.
Workplace Education programs are an initiative of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. They are designed for working Nova Scotians who want to develop and enhance their skills. The cost of tuition is covered by the Government of Nova Scotia and successful participants earn a certificate issued by the province.