Skills tracking is fast becoming a buzzword of our times. As the COVID-19 outbreak forced us all to adapt our working habits, our skills naturally changed too. Upskilling and reskilling spiked last year, and the challenge managers are facing right now is how to track these developments.
This article will guide you through the essential whys and hows of skills tracking.
Why skills tracking is vital for success
Strong skills tracking ensures that your employees are always able and sufficiently qualified to meet the needs of your business. As a company grows, evolves, and adapts, so too must its workforce. It is vitally important to stay compliant and practice safe working every time: skills tracking guarantees this.
Skills tracking also has the added benefit of improving internal communications. By being actively engaged with the skill development of every employee will increase retention rates. Employees will feel valued and listened to. An issue that is more pressing than ever as the shift in working habits has led to a breakdown in communication for many companies. Skills tracking is one way to motivate and spark connections within your teams.
The “future of work” has a new buzzword: skills
Our world is not the same as it was with the “future of work” now a reality of today. Last year saw a boom in skills learning, as workers adapted to the circumstances. Many absorbed more tasks and more responsibilities. Whilst others took on entirely new roles. The landscape shifted to take on external pressures, and many businesses leaned heavily on upskilling for their contingency planning. In total, there was a 38 percent uptake in training activities last year over 2019.
The issue at hand is now sustainability: how do we ensure that our employees develop their skills at the rate of our business needs? Unfortunately, many companies have already slackened their grip on this, and reports have emerged of widespread dissatisfaction with how learning and development was rolled out. Ineffective skills tracking is plaguing some businesses, leading them to have costly skill gaps arise.
In short: the number of skills your employees hold has drastically increased, the industry itself has changed, and new standards and procedures are undoubtedly on the horizon. Keeping tabs on your skill developments has never been so important. – Read more
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