Employees Crave Skills Training in the Future of Work

In the future of work, employees desire skills training to take them to the next level in their careers.

When it comes to the future of work, the usual suspects appear: remote and hybrid work, workplace safety planning, DE&I, sustainability, and numerous other ways leaders are positioning their organizations for success in the aftermath of a pandemic. Through it all, these topics often boil down to the employee experience. So what do employees really want? According to a new survey, it’s skills training.

Employees desire skills training as they face the future

Global employment website Monster surveyed employees last month, finding that training has jumped to the top of the list of employee concerns, especially for those who are thinking of their career’s future. In fact, more than half of the respondents were concerned about the future of their work due to skills gaps, yet 45% would stay with their current employer if they were offered skills training.

When asked which skills were most needed, respondents’ most desired hard skills were in technology, computer, and occupation-specific training in the form of credentials and licenses, while soft skills like managerial leadership, communications, problem solving, and critical thinking topped the list.

Competition for skilled talent continues

It’s well known that employee learning and development is crucial to building and improving employee confidence and their arsenal of skills. For employers, this is becoming even more crucial as the world of work continues to experience labor shortages and the “Great Resignation.” Worldwide ERC President and CEO Lynn Shotwell writes that while demand for mobility remains strong (our career center saw 75 new mobility jobs in a five-day period), “The competition for talent hits close to home and far afield. With the number of job openings exceeding the number of those actively seeking employment, the mobility supply chain struggles to meet the rising demand of economic recovery.”

Meet the skills demand with our Learning Portal

To meet that rising demand, learning and development is a crucial undertaking for employers to provide their employees opportunities for growth and reinvigorated skills. For the mobility industry in particular, both new and seasoned professionals can head to our learning portal to upgrade to our new GMS-T designation, while earning digital badges to showcase the demonstrated knowledge gained through our consistently updated courses. And to continue learning about L&D, check out this month’s edition of Mobility Magazine, which centers L&D with features on the future of L&D and how to get the most out of online training.

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