Accelerate Employee Success with Learning and Development

Not only is skill development a crucial component to business development, it’s what employees want.

According to research, an emerging skills gap has accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are finding it difficult to quickly find and develop talent, while more than half (58%) of the workforce need new skills to get their jobs done. From business disruption to rapidly evolving needs, employers have increasingly looked to develop the skills of their current workforce to conquer new challenges. Not only is skill development a crucial component to business development, it’s what employees want.

How COVID-19 Continues to Shape In-Demand Skills

Over the past year, the physical working environment changed for many with the rise in remote work. So too has the skills environment evolved to meet the needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider the rapid digital transformation many organizations have endured to quickly pivot to the remote environment. Mobility professionals navigating relocation remotely through digital tools, such as remote online notarizations, have also had to adapt and develop new skills.

Skills shortages in tech, for example, are now exacerbated as the demand for cyber security, data analysis, automation, and software development increases the need for professionals to meet these challenges. At the same time, the COVID-19 crisis has increased the need for human-centered soft skills. It’s an unprecedented era of uncertainty and as a result, workers and their leaders need to be skilled in areas such as communication, empathy, and relationship-building.

Learning and Development Strategies

Creating and deploying a learning and development (L&D) strategy may mean gaining insight on the skills employees currently have, according to Gartner. Collecting key skills data and mapping them out can help employers better understand the current skills landscape and can even provide employees with a valuable skills portfolio they can draw upon. In-depth understanding of which skills employees do and do not have can help employees unlock “skills adjacencies,” or the skills that closely match current ones to close the gap.

According to Forbes, prioritizing employee development means starting with building development into the company culture while also budgeting for it. Cultivating a company culture of learning can go a long way in motivating employees to learn and grow. Opportunities should also be provided across departments, and not just siloed. Access to digital learning opportunities, such as trainings and even networking, with ample time allotted for learning are just a few key ways to implement a holistic and effective L&D strategy.

As certain skills gain prominence, leaders can look to L&D to ultimately foster growth. The remote working environment is an ample time to utilize technology to meet employee learning needs, and leaders can do this by investing in virtual learning opportunities such as micro-courses, virtual learning sessions, and even simulations. Along the way, not only are employees growing, but they’re also setting themselves up for future success with valuable certifications and a stronger skills arsenal.

Want to Learn More?

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