IT Tool Effects and Addressing Skills Shortage

Thursday, December 25, 2008
“–the more the tools, the faster the rate of change…”

This part was taken from a statement asserted by James Burke in his book Connections. The continuous technological events happening in our society right now confirms this assertion. I must say, the emergent developments have quite dependent to the growing number of technology tools or means available in the market. Every household holds common means that hasten the processes and aid every common man lives in it. Exactly in the early days, the utilization of traditional means has not been extensively applied not until change has constantly developing and extending when a huge number of tools has invented and was made available to human, in which their applications were fairly utilized widely. Hence, the constant rate of change must be attributed to the constant increase in the number of availability and application of these technology means.

Such change has implied with a couple of effects starting off from economical, political, social and ethical effects on human. Human behavioral change has actually been developed from several factors including technological transformation as well as, societal developments which were merely due to the former mentioned. All these effects have entirely changed the way human lives their lives. That is why, as the human’s way of life has advanced, its progress will continually expand since such advancement calls for another and for more progress to satisfy his never-ending necessities. Even if a device has satisfied one’s needs, the person owns it will eventually be asking for further features since he is becoming dependent to the device’s purpose and characteristics. Some good examples of these as cited in Wikipedia are mobile phones and data storage. Indeed, mobile phones have provided a wider horizon between people to communicate whenever and wherever they are. Data storage too, has progressed from cassette (for music) or diskette to compact discs to nanotechnology devices such as flash disk or MP3 players (for music).

In the long run, economical developments due to technology were brought to people when technology provided goods and services better access and exchange between two entities. Actually, economical change could be seen and reflected to the current economical development status of a country. The deployment of technology can define a developing nation based on how these deployments are handled by a nation. One way that has been changed in part of the application of technology is the human values. Indeed, human values have been perceived differently depending on which side or angle you are looking into. Some say, it has certainly developed (considering the positive side) or oppositely, it has deteriorated. It is clear why values have developed well or why they have worsened, you should take a better perspective on how humans deal with the technological change and how he reacts with the effect. Some people see these tools as one way to level up their intellectual limits from which they might somewhat forget that di
vine principle from we are all being bounded and founded. In other words, technology’s impact to us if worsened will lead us to the point that we forget how to recognize good from evil acts, which is the very foundation of human morality from which all of us are held strong and bounded. God’s existence in our faiths is the key why technology remains tools in our hands and our actions toward them are well-guided. Another is that human values because of technology have increased our abilities and skills on our everyday activities, I mean, values developed to attitudes, developed to abilities. Thirdly, all these extend to one, societal values which serve as customary values from we must all respect and follow through.

Technological effects also influence social relationships. From which side you are taking into account, you could see the difference and advantage between how is relationship between people takes place from traditional building and the modernized way of creating relationship due to emergence of virtual socialization. This approach has essentially contributed to the creation of virtual communities, the modernized society.

Lifestyle. Technology has significantly change human’s lifestyle. I must say, it has able to advance one’s way living his life. Entertainment has never been more entertaining to people with all high class devices and gadgets which have been made available to the people. Being informed has eventually improved from traditional acquiring of information to almost reaching the key to great knowledge just through the tips of our fingers. Multitasking can be easily done making us more flexible in many activities we do. And there are lots more to be mentioned that really increase the quality of our lifestyle.

Technological force has never been this strong compared to the earlier days. Though part of this technological impact to our society is the change in our environment too.

One of the technological impacts too is the greater and increase of job specializations. In other words, more jobs were created because of the emergent of technology such as more programmers, analysts, system designers, etc. Now, the equivalent drawback of this is that there is a skill shortage. Philippines has been facing skills shortage having most of our skilled workers immigrated or work abroad. This is since higher wage payment is being salaried outside the country which certainly, attracted our Filipino skilled workers.

With this, I was able to research and come up with few issues that should be considered to address this shortage specifically here in the Philippines. The following matters are to be considered:

1. Educational Curriculum

Since commonly, the said shortage will be addressed if our country is producing well-trained graduates, thus, it must be deliberated that there should be proper educational trainings during the student’s preparation for career in college. In this, the institutions must have well thought-out curriculum specializing the abilities or skills of the students in the area they are competent of. An example is that new curriculum in our department, wherein ladderized programs are being included in the new curriculum for both degree courses, BSIT and BSCS. Indeed, when graduates are equipped with proper training and knowledge on each of their particular fields they are specializing, they can be hired and help address the skills shortage here in our country.

2. Training

What if the organization has enough workers but their skills do not match to the needs of a company? That is when training and workshops should be organized by an organization. To address such scarcity, they must allocate budget enough for training of these personnel. This workforce should be taught well on how to equip themselves with the right skills to correspond to the needs of their company. Indeed, proper training and appropriate workshops could be helpful to discover or improve the hidden talents, skills and abilities of a worker to match up with the significant skill demand of an organization.

3. Appropriate Matching

Some organizations put wrong personnel on the wrong position. With this, the organization must review their employee’s skills and abilities, and of course, knowledge if they fit to the position they are holding. Some employers mistaken their workers of the wrong abilities they are equipped and they ended up holding wrong position in the company. And so during the scarcity time, they would not be able to realize that they are already holding the persons equipped with the said skills they are looking for.

4. Salary Motivations

Here in the Philippines, the reason why skilled workers go abroad is because of the higher wage they will get in the other country. And so, some organizations have thought of some wage motivation initiatives to attract skilled workers here. They are attracting these workers by letting them be aware of the salary payments and incentives enough to interest them. But the organizations somehow make sure that when they are already employed, it would be performance-based reward.

5. Modernizing Recruitments

One way to attract more workers is to catch a wider audience to gain good possibilities. This can be done through advertising job recruitments in the internet where the organization can catch a wider scope of applicants from any part of the country. Of course, it must be possible too that the recruitments should ensure the applicants convenience in applying for the position. A very well planning should be made before doing such strategy in hiring skilled workers though.

6. Eradicating Inequality

Since it is the skills an organization is looking for, thus, discriminations in races, gender, color, and ages should be eliminated. Any region in a country can consist of several potential skilled laborers. Any type of individuals can possess the skills an organization in search of. And so, one must not be selective with the person to hire for as long as he has the skills needed and the ease of him to help the organization is assured.

7. Contracting

To ensure and maintain a very good workforce is to let them commit to the organization. An agreement between the worker and the organization should be done so that skills shortage will be avoided. They must agree to what extent they can do for the company as well as, how long they will work for the organization.

Finally, for as long as our country could think for plans and carry out these into actions to address the scarcity happening in the country immediately, we could avoid such event to happen. Better approaches and strategies are all needed to avert skills shortage.

References:

Burke, James . Connections. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1985.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_and_society
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/positive-effects-of-technology-on-society.html
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