While it’s hard to predict the future for any industry, the energy sector is going through a massive transformation and will look very different in the years to come. Although many oil, gas and energy companies will continue to produce fossil fuels, research has shown that renewables could overtake coal by 2026, and oil and gas before 2030. But what about the future for the energy workforce? COVID-19 has pushed the industry to embrace digitisation and remote technologies, in the form of robotics, automation and machine learning. Many industries have moved seamlessly into remote working while the energy sector has been forced to retain much of its on-site workers to complete projects. Change is on the horizon for the energy sector, and we explore it in more detail below.
Remote working in the energy sector
For companies in the energy sector, the pivot toward remote working offers professionals a much more flexible way of working that they might be used to. However, there are some immediate challenges that many businesses face when it comes to remote working. Firstly, it’s important that energy companies equip their employees with new digital tools and align expectations across the organisation. This means using data protection policies to ensure GDPR requirements are met, as well as safeguarding the security at the company, which includes emails and passwords. There’s also the challenge of structuring remote work so that employees can balance their time between home and physical locations. With many ongoing projects, there will always be a need for on-site workers, so it’s essential that leaders know how to create a sense of direction around the work, energise employees and empower their teams to keep productive. COVID-19 has made remote working the new norm and it’s likely to be prominent in the working world for the long haul. While global restrictions and lockdowns are set to come to an end, companies still need to protect the well-being of workers and maintain efficiency, particularly as we move into a hybrid work model.
As a result of increasingly remote work, recruitment will be significantly different in the energy sector, so companies will need to reconsider how to attract new employees in this new world of work. It’s now all the more important that companies in the energy sector utilise new technology and hire accordingly because after all, the industry is changing and so should the workforce. Using recruitment strategies such as automated emails to reach top candidates. Email marketing is a great way to personalise the candidate experience and connect with new candidates. Looking ahead, energy companies will face competition from other industries that are more tech-savvy, so investing in technology and trying new strategies is crucial for staying ahead of the curve.
Upskilling the workforce
As we move into the future of work, energy companies need to replenish the skills of their existing workforce. With big data analytics and insights becoming increasingly available, there are plenty of opportunities for energy companies to adapt and evolve the workforce into a highly specialised group of professionals. Upskilling is much more than providing extra training. It’s about transforming and growing individuals by supplying the knowledge, skills, and experience that are most valuable for their roles. Research has shown upskilling can be a transformational force for society and have a massive impact on the economy, so it makes sense from a purely business point of view. In the remote era of work, energy companies should build an upskilling strategy and ensure employees are constantly learning. One of the ways to do this is by clearly communicating the purpose and objectives of upskilling. Whether it’s understanding new technologies or helping employees have a better understanding of renewables, organisational leaders need to lay the foundation and evaluate the results. In this way, energy companies can prepare themselves for the changing world of work.
Let Petroplan help your business
Petroplan is a specialist workforce and talent agency, specialising in the oil, gas and energy sector. We have proven to be a trusted partner of various businesses, helping improve recruitment strategies by sourcing the best candidates. We also recruit professionals into roles within the commercial, technology, renewables sectors, and we also recruit for executive and c-suite roles. Over the years, we’ve established excellent relationships with our clients and candidates, and we pride ourselves on consistently expanding our network. We have a highly experienced team of consultants who fully understand the sectors they recruit into. If you would like to find out more about how to attract the best energy talent, contact us today to discuss the ways we can help.