Ericsson has launched a slew of initiatives to help employees adapt to the new ways of working in an efficient and productive manner. The new “Digital Academy” is a platform that aims to empower employees to build their digital skills to drive technologies like AI/automation through digitalization and data science competence building. The firm’s “5G Academy” platform is dedicated to creating pathways for employees to upskill and stay ahead of the curve on 5G RAN, 5G Core, and Cloud RAN. Finally, the “Rise Up” initiative is a virtual leadership platform that has a targeted development approach to building employee power skills and learning business strategy, storytelling, negotiation, and ethics. “While 2020 was characterized by how we enabled our employees to get used to working away from the office, virtually and in new ways, the future will be different. Organizations would have leapfrogged into new ways of working that are much more flexible while meeting both business and individuals’ needs,” Priyanka Anand, head of HR, South East Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson, told ET.
“Given this rapid pace of digitization and an increased focus on AI/automation combined with the expected commercialization of 5G, it is crucial for us to ensure that our workforce is ahead of the curve in embracing not only next-gen technology but also next-gen capabilities,” Anand said. The company has created a wide range of reskilling and upskilling programs across leadership, wellness, soft skills as well as technical skills on topics like Open RAN, cybersecurity, AI/ML, business storytelling, design thinking, along with topics like compliance, sustainability, and much more. Another program, ‘Time To Learn TV’ focuses on collective learning, covering various topics related to the company’s strategic focus skills. These pre-recorded TV shows provide micro-learning opportunities and help develop a learning culture among employees. “We continue to encourage employees to continue building their competence by going through learning modules available online and accessible anytime / anywhere,” said Anand.