Adapting employees’ skills and roles to the post-pandemic ways of working will be crucial to building operating-model resilience. Imagine a crisis that forces your company’s employees to change the way they work almost overnight. Despite initial fears that the pressure would be too great, you discover that this new way of working could be a blueprint for the long term.
If upskilling and reskilling is one of the biggest opportunities for businesses to ready their workforce for the future, it is also one of the biggest challenges. Without accelerating our progress on the skills agenda, we won’t have the talent to take advantage of the new jobs we are creating. This is both a business and an HR challenge, and it, therefore, demands organization-wide interventions to deliver results.
Companies that unlock reskilling at speed and scale will transform at a pace that leaves their competitors behind. Mercer’s 2020 Global Talent Trends Study reveals that current realities and unresolved debates weigh us down, even as we see a future full of opportunities in this new decade. An opportunity which, for now, seems halted by COVID-19. The changes we are witnessing, brought about by uncertain times, are not only disrupting our present but will set a new normal in how we live, work, operate, and do business. 78% of employees say they are ready to reskill. The question is not who can adapt, but how best to develop an adaptable workforce.
A good start will be to use people’s analysis as it will allow you to plan and execute more strategic talent decisions. Concentrate the data on your company issues and concentrate on people and market measurements rather than blindly surfing your programs.
Encourage knowledge sharing
Enhance cooperation at all workforce levels. It is more cost-effective than hiring additional staff to transition workers to new roles.
Implement a solution for efficiency enabling
Performance enablement technologies empower firms to create robust and adaptable workers through the connection of performance information to a customized learning environment. Although remedies for results are not pandemic-specific, in the face of health and economic crises the need for staff retraining and retraining for their potential success has become more pressing.
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