Forbes: organizations must improve skilling.

April 22, 2021 Rebecca Henderson

If there’s one thing that COVID-19 didn’t change in the world of work, it’s the skills gap. In fact, the pandemic made it even worse. Many workers find themselves without the digital skills needed nowadays while companies compete for talent who can help accelerate digital transformation.

According to Randstad RiseSmart’s recent Skilling Today survey, 55% of workers said they want to learn new skills or up-level their existing abilities. Employers seem willing to oblige. Addititional research shows that companies value ongoing learning, especially for team leads, managers and high-potential individuals. So, where is the disconnect?

“Ultimately, many companies seem to struggle with either not knowing what skills their organization needs, or how to go about launching an effective program to address the skills gaps they do have,” writes Rebecca Henderson, board member and CEO of Randstad Global Businesses.

“Organizations seeking to create an effective skilling program should first conduct a skills gap analysis that can provide better insights into what skills are most in-demand and identify competencies that their organization may be lacking. Then companies can create an overall strategic skills roadmap and individualized learning plans.”

Read Henderson’s full article in Forbes for more insights on closing the gaps with skilling programs. You can also get your exclusive copy of the 2021 Talent Trends Report, “Rewrite your talent strategy playbook during extraordinary times,” to learn how skilling programs can fit into your broader workforce strategy this year.

About the Author

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson is CEO of Randstad Sourceright. Rebecca brings more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of talent acquisition solutions and technology. With deep insights and progressive perspectives, Rebecca steers Randstad Sourceright’s global development to ensure HR and talent leaders can play a strategic role in driving growth locally, across regions, and globally. Rebecca is a highly regarded leader in the talent management field and was most recently recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in “The Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing” list.

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