and welcome to the first edition of 2021! Even though we’re only 3 weeks into the new year, I already feel like we’re just extending 2020. Fingers crossed for a better year!
When we look back in a few years, I’m pretty sure we’ll look at the workplace “before” and “after” Covid-19. The pandemic has accelerated workplace and workforce changes that otherwise would have taken us 5+ years to roll out.
Which brings me to the importance of skills
, the topic of the month. Even before the pandemic, we knew that the skills needed in the future of work are vastly different from what is available today. Many skills now have a life time of 12-18 months. CEOs realize they need upskilling programs to ensure access to workers with the right skill sets. That’s why you need a skills strategy today
The “war” for skilled talent isn’t over - despite the pandemic, skilled workers are in high demand and can switch to new jobs. They place high value on the opportunity to acquire new skills, to stay relevant and remain an attractive candidate. If their employer doesn’t address that need, it will be hard to get them to sign up.
In the past, upskilling meant official training. These days, it’s much more than that: people can take advantage of mentoring programs, MOOC’s, attend virtual classes from famous universities, or learn on the job and receive a certificate to prove that. Courses are action-based, just-in-time, and focused on acquiring a particular skill while using modern technologies like gamification.
That requires you to adopt a new skilling mindset to build a corporate program that’s strategic and agile, and relevant to business objectives. It must be well-suited to the needs of learners, as people have different preferences when acquiring new skills: some learn best through learning by doing, while others prefer to participate in classroom events or private tutoring.
There are many startups creating innovative solutions to help you address the skills gap. You can find some of them on hrtechradar.com
. I interviewed the founders of huapii
and Glean Labs
for this month’s background article on skills.
And the links below will help you get educated on the skills economy, so you know what to do!
Next month, the topic is payroll innovation. Please reach out if you have something to share.
Have a great day, Anita