As organizations face unprecedented change and volatility, they are recognizing the importance of being able to reskill and upskill their workforce to meet new demands. However, most remain challenged by just how to accomplish that. Brandon Hall Group Research finds that only about half of companies believe they are prepared to develop the skills they will need in the future. Business is moving too fast, and the workforce is too busy, distracted and now geographically disparate for traditional training models to be completely effective.
Companies need to transform their approach to reskilling and upskilling to be more flexible, adaptable, and focused on the learners. Today’s learners are not getting access to the knowledge and information they need when and where they need it. They feel little to no connection with the learning they are given. This lack of alignment, connection, and context is causing the biggest challenges and results in outcomes not being met. Learning ends up feeling disjointed and separate from the job, keeping people from being actively engaged in their development.
If organizations want to put their workforce in a position to win, they need to help them learn more and at a faster pace. Because everyone has their own learning needs, learning needs to be personalized at the scale the organization needs and expects. These experiences drive learner engagement, knowledge retention, behavior change and ultimately, performance improvements that have a measurable impact on the business.
The goal of a strong upskilling and reskilling program is to create a more resilient and agile workforce that can continue to be successful in an environment of new and changing roles. Brandon Hall Group’s Talent Management Maturity study found that 90% of companies believe a lack of talent mobility is a significant risk to the business, meaning they cannot reallocate talent resources to the areas where the business needs them most.
Brandon Hall Group Smartchoice Preferred Provider AllenComm is committed to building these kinds of upskilling and reskilling programs with their clients. Their approach is to work with each client to focus on their unique needs and build from there. AllenComm uses its vast experience, innovative approach and domain expertise in upskilling and reskilling program development to:
- Use performance mapping to identify the skills the organization needs for future growth
- Build employee skills, capability, and confidence through impactful, scalable learning experiences
- Launch tailored learning journeys to close the critical skill gaps, gain measurable results and meet business objectives
Upskilling and reskilling require design thinking to gain a deep understanding of learners’ habits and behaviors, as well as a thorough needs analysis to identify the skills employees have, the skills they need and how to close any gaps. AllenComm is a partner that embraces and embodies this approach.
– David Wentworth, Principal Analyst, Brandon Hall Group