Today’s associations must be nimble and stay ahead of their competitors. As part of that, organizations must also ensure their staff are prepared for the future and have a grasp on emerging trends and technologies that affect their work.
According to LinkedIn Learning’s 2023 Workplace Learning Report, skill sets for jobs have changed by about 25 percent since 2015. And it’s not over: By 2027, that number is expected to double.
That means employee upskilling—helping staff learn new skills that either allow them to grow or prepare them for a new position in an organization—is critical.
Upskilling helps fill skills gaps, prepares employees for leadership roles, and addresses other organizational needs. By investing in employee development, associations can build a highly skilled staff team and foster a culture of learning and growth. Here are some initial steps that go into building a successful employee upskilling program.
Perform a Skills Gap Analysis
The first step is to do a skills gap analysis to understand where the most significant knowledge gaps exist.
A skills assessment should include:
Employee self-assessments and team assessments. Ask employees to evaluate their own skill set and the skill sets of the whole team. Ask them specific questions like, “What skills do you feel you or the team are missing to do your job effectively?”
Work evaluations. Evaluate past tasks and projects to assess their skill level. Managers and department heads should ask, “What qualifications would make their work stronger?”
Once you have that, work with HR leaders to understand what skills are needed in the organization and where the weaknesses are.