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Knowledge Workers

Knowledge Workers

As defined by Peter Drucker, in the 1950s, knowledge worker is a "high level employees who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal education, to develop new products or services"

Knowledge workers make decisions rather than physical items and work with ideas rather than with objects. Work focuses on mental rather than muscle power and is characterised by non-repetitive tasks.

Knowledge Workers is the fastest growing segment of workers: it includes programers, lawyers engineers etc .... 

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  1. Specialists: They know one area very very well. These individuals can be thought of as housing vital corporate assets in their heads.
  2. Portable knowledge workers: possess information of wide & immediate utility, that is in demand by a variety of organizations: software programmers, librarians or business people.
  3. Creators: focus their their efforts on innovative behaviours, such as product design and development: scientists and information systems designers.

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  • POSSESSING KNOWLEDGE Be conversant with specific factual & theoretical information. School helps but because knowledge is always being created, information needs to be acquired on a continual basis. 
  • FINDING & ACCESSING INFORMATION Find the right information fast. 
  • ABILITY TO APPLY INFORMATION Use analogies to solve new problems.
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS Collaborate with one another for goal-setting, decision-making, and idea generating purposes. 
  • MOTIVATION Become & remain interested in finding information, memorising that information, and applying it to their work. 

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“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.”

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Personalized Career Pathing

As more workers move into the gig economy, they will need to self-direct their learning and decide what knowledge they’re missing, where to acquire it, and how to fit learning into daily routines. Beyond personalized learning, they’ll need personalized career pathing.

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  • Today's school and college education systems do not guarantee a life long career, as it gets obsolete in only five years.
  • Individuals must constantly update themselves, enhancing their skills to remain relevant in the workforce.
  • Companies face a skill and talent shortage that is likely to affect their profitability in the coming years. The society as a whole must likewise re-skill its working population to remain relevant globally.

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