Redefining Reskilling and Upskilling

As organizations face unprecedented change and volatility, the need to quickly and effectively reskill and upskill their workforces to meet new demands has dramatically increased. However, most companies remain challenged by how to accomplish this while at the same time battling high attrition that drains highly skilled talent. 

The key pain points, according to Brandon Hall Group research, include:

  • Organizations don’t have clear visibility on the skills their employees have, making it difficult to identify gaps to address.
  • HR struggles to keep job descriptions and skills requirements updated, especially if manual or semi-manual processes are used.
  • There is a lack of alignment between learning strategies and the skills and competencies needed to drive business objectives.
  • Executives are not always aligned on how to develop competencies and skills across the organization.

Overcoming these challenges — and others — is unlikely without the right technology. In fact, 60% of organizations say they lack the technology ecosystem to effectively upskill and reskill, Brandon Hall Group’s Upskilling and Reskilling study shows. That’s why we partnered with TalentGuard on an eBook, Redefining Reskilling and Upskilling, that provides the keys to success.

A leading-edge workforce skills platform enables employers to solve nagging challenges:

  • Business and L&D leaders can assign value to skills based on business goals and communicate better with HR to determine the value of internal human capital. 
  • Employees know where they stand in terms of being viewed as high-potential based on the skills they possess. 
  • Employees and employers can have a conversation about the skills required for a job and understand where the gaps are and the developmental opportunities that exist. 
  • L&D can close those gaps with content that teaches those skills. 
  • HR can recruit for those skills and reward for skills earned. 

Download this new eBook to understand the critical issues that impede your ability to properly upskill and reskill your workforce.

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.