Today’s world is a hub of fast-changing technology and increase in various economic ventures. A factor that is significant in its proliferation and propagation is the development of communication. It would be difficult to imagine the kind of progress a country would have if there were no new inventions or discoveries to push it to greater heights for a better life. Learning is very much enhanced and the populace becomes more active and participative in different exercises in a nation’s political, social, economic and cultural life.
Learning in the present society is given more impetus to benefit a larger percentage of people. The era of technological advances has greatly reduced the distance between countries and individuals. Modern-day computers, gadgets and the like have increased the desire of more people to learn, opening up new opportunities for employment and other purposes, and increasing educational interest and advancement. In the days of yore, getting information was difficult and frustrating.
As one enters the work environment, a different scene comes up. Personnel are mostly operating new technology, and work processes are speeded up. Corporate officers and managers can easily obtain inputs to their own planning needs including the institution of measures for problems that may surface during certain stages of production for instance. Those also in white-collar jobs, information technology, mass communication and other sectors benefit much from the use of trimedia innovations. Reports are better written, presentations are clearer and concise and follow-ups are easily made. Companies make use of teleconferences to reach out not only their own personnel but also partners, stakeholders and other players in the field. It may not be as expensive as when travel is made to distant places or by a big group, and it may also allow an interactive communication especially for companies with several local branches and international offices. Document may be easily shared and issues tackled and may even be resolved for a shorter time. Of course, there are still important benefits of the usual regular meetings and conferences. Building good relationships can also be cultivated when employees, their managers and officers get to meet regularly and are able to interact intellectually or interrelate socially during dinners and fellowships. During the work period, when good relationships are maintained, managers may easily get things done. Again, his skills in communication can help maintain the relationships. People under his supervision can learn better and more easily with the constancy of his interaction with them, attending to their concerns and difficulties. This awareness comes to the fore that of being guided to learn and of being nurtured to be happy in his work.
Even with fast pace of development in almost all aspects of life in businesses, government and other sectors, competence in the workplace is an integral part of the goals set by people. Many changes have come up, the environment has become more competitive, people have changed their expectations, including the kind of work they do, and working conditions have also changed. Managers face a more demanding, tougher job. Employees, assuming more active roles, have become more exacting of their managers in terms of expectations, constructive dialogues and fair negotiations regarding their work and welfare. Technical knowhow and intellectual acumen are vital, yet today the essentiality of interpersonal skills cannot be ignored. The onset of changes needs more personnel committed to high performance. Healthy dialogues, tactful coaching and proper delegation involve an interplay of communication and interpersonal skills to help attain success. For competence in the work setting to be achieved, a relationship should be two-way, not merely a superior to subordinate thing, and should be nurtured to raise morale and make people happy and contented. People have to be motivated well to bring out the competence needed in the workplace, hence relationships need to be maintained. This is a big challenge.