Across the global workforce, we are seeing a shift as employees change their mindsets and adopt a mentality of continuous learning. As a result of remote work due to the 2020 pandemic, there has been an accelerated pace of change in upskilling primarily driven by the digitization of our society. This shift will force businesses to implement new tools, managerial support, and new technology and platforms to create an environment that embraces this change.
Upskilling is an important tool for closing the skills gap in today’s technology workforce. As we transition into a new digital era, organizations are making it a priority to upskill their workforce. According to the 2020 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report, 51 percent of companies worldwide plan to implement an upskilling program within their organization.
Upskilling a workforce takes time and does not happen overnight but kicking off your game plan in a few key areas can help your team stay ahead of the curve. To educate and connect with your workforce and prospects, consider these ideas:
Create a Roadmap to Reskilling Employees
According a 2018 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study, 50 percent of jobs run the risk of greatly changing or becoming obsolete due to the digital transformation of the work environment. Instead of losing loyal employees it may be worthwhile to invest in upskilling these employees in finance and technology. This doesn’t mean reskilling your entire workforce but look at the most vulnerable positions and evaluate the contribution of employees whose jobs are becoming obsolete.
Here are a few steps to creating a strategy for reskilling your employees:
- Define the initiative: To avoid layoffs and upgrade the knowledge and skill set your current workforce has to offer, decide whether you can upskill employees currently in similar roles. When given a choice and clear objectives, most employees will choose to learn and adapt to new technology.
- Develop a skills plan: Carefully identify employees you believe are capable of reskilling and match them open positions. Work on developing a skills plan tailored to your organization’s specific needs.
- Match jobs and start reskilling: Utilize software that can identify your skills gaps. Start with open positions that have remained unfilled due to a shortage in the labor force at large. Gain a competitive edge on competition by teaching your current workforce new skills in AI and big data.
Lastly don’t shy away from implementing, testing, and tweaking your upskilling program. The more your employees learn, the quicker your company will be able to bridge the gap in technology.
Be Willing to Learn New Skills
For many, acquiring new digital skills can be a daunting task and can feel overwhelming at times. But that does not necessarily mean people are not willing to learn and adapt. One of the most important skills for today’s workforce will be the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. As the demands of the 21st-century economies will require the workforce to be versatile and quick to adapt, this skill is certain to be useful when it comes to the future of work.
Innovation will continue to thrive using technology. So, the more you understand it, the faster you can respond to new trends or innovations. It is here where you as an employer will need to be accommodating to your employees as some will take longer to adapt. Having patience, understanding, and employee trainings are ideal for this slow transition.
The way we work is changing profoundly before our eyes. But, as the traditional work model begins to fade away, those who are ready for the future can reap the rewards now. For more information on developing a plan to reskill your workforce, contact a SourcePointe HR professionals today!Back to Insights