How To Close Your Workforce Skills Gaps with Reskilling

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More companies are looking at upskilling and reskilling the workers they have to address essential skills gaps. RELATED ARTICLE: Is the Skills Gap a Myth? Upskilling generally describes skill improvement – doing what you do now, only better. White House Launches Cyber Reskilling Program.” Leading industry consultants, government agencies and business leaders do not view the current talent shortage as a short-term crunch.

Do You Need to Update Your Training Program?

Avilar

Or to know when it’s time to update your computers. But how do you know when it’s time to update your training program? Blended Learning : In a world where so many of us turn to Google or YouTube to find immediate answers, employees expect “just in time” learning to do their jobs well. Do you have the right mix of blended learning, so your employees can get to tactical answers quickly and have the support they need to master more complicated concepts?

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Mind the Gaps

Vitalyst

Over the years, we have supported organizations in cultivating employee proficiency with software applications and improving organizational mastery of technology use, which ultimately leads to transformational growth. Although every step is important, identifying the gaps is perhaps the most critical to success. You already know what your desired outcome is—enabling your employees to realize their full potential with technology.

What You Can do to Combat Racism at Work

Avilar

They are all better suited and better positioned than Avilar to do just that. They are: “What can I do?” We know that a great company culture can help to attract and retain great employees. By design, competencies do not give weight to one’s educational level or school affiliation. And keep using skills assessments to measure employee skills gaps, development, and growing proficiency. That we should do. We had planned a different blog for today.

What is Competency Management and Why Do You Need It?

Avilar

After years of seeing business transformation sparked by improved, intentional management of employees’ skills and talent, we can be (too) quick to jump right into conversations about how to do competency management and what to do next. How do you get the most from your competency initiative? Conduct skills gap assessments to pinpoint crucial weaknesses, so you can provide exactly the targeted training they need. Even when things turn out great, they don’t know why.

Contemplating Competencies: What Are the Best Companies Doing Now?

Avilar

Any best practices from companies that are doing it well? Companies still use competencies to understand employees’ weaknesses to develop and support a training plan with resources to close the gap. It’s best to understand where potential holes exist and to know what’s needed in one, three, five, and even 10 years down the road. What advice do you have for organizations who want to do more?

The Hidden Benefits of Keeping an Updated Skills Inventory

Avilar

Do you know what skills your people have today? Here’s how (and why) to do it. To discover what skills your employees have – and don’t have – review skill inventory and skill gap reports for individuals and teams. Your reports will tell you where your employees’ skills are the strongest, where they’re weak, and where you have gaps. Identify the skills gaps that can be filled by new employees. Avoid being caught off guard by a future skills gap.

4 Simple Steps That Boost Workforce Performance

Avilar

A great place to start is with a competency model followed by gaining an understanding of what employees know and what they don’t know. A “competency model” defines the skills and levels of proficiency in those skills that an employee needs to possess to do a particular job effectively. Step 3: Analyze the Skills Inventory and Individual and Organizational Skills Gaps.

Pandemic Planning: How to Prepare for the Coronavirus

Avilar

In addition to providing a ready catalog of your employees’ skills and competencies, a robust competency management system like Avilar’s WebMentor Skills can support real-time status and insights so you can act quickly on your business continuity plan. Then, if a factory, plant, or office is closed or quarantined, you will know exactly what skills have been taken offline, and where other employees with those skills are located. Do you have any travel restrictions, now?

Why You Should Boost Soft Skills in Your Organization

Avilar

Companies are frantically investing time and money to recruit, retain and develop employees who know about artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science and the like. Yet, in an interesting twist, the adoption of automation is starting to shift the focus beyond “hard skills” (technical know-how), creating a greater demand for employees with finely tuned “soft skills” (the way people do their jobs). How to Identify and Close Soft Skills Gaps?

Employee training myths you could be “April fooling” yourself about

Axonify

For more information, read our Microlearning White Paper. Debunked: Traditionally, L&D has looked at the subjects employees should know and then has created training content around those subjects. Debunked: For years, training has been viewed as a “supporting” function and, as such, a cost center. And today, new business practices and learning technologies make it much easier to do just that. Truth? Or Myth? Depends on which decade you’re operating in.

5 Tips for Doing a Reduction in Force (RIF) the Right Way

Avilar

Low unemployment rates and a scramble to close the skills gap are top-of-mind trends among HR professionals and business leaders. To do it well takes the time and commitment of a team of people. You know that keeping job descriptions up to date is essential for recruiting the right employees. Once your leadership team decides to do a RIF, your best bet is to confirm the facts. One company we know laid off two-thirds of their employees in one day.

Employee training myths you could be “April fooling” yourself about

Axonify

For more information, read our Microlearning White Paper. Debunked: Traditionally, L&D has looked at the subjects employees should know and then has created training content around those subjects. Debunked: For years, training has been viewed as a “supporting” function and, as such, a cost center. And today, new business practices and learning technologies make it much easier to do just that. Truth? Or Myth? Depends on which decade you’re operating in.

5 ways that the learner experience impacts your employee value proposition (EVP)

Learning Pool

However, the skills gaps that provoked the talent war were always in highly specific areas and driven by large-scale technological shifts in the nature of business and society that are not going away any time soon.

Why You Need to Invest More on Product Knowledge Training

Infopro Learning

An entire book could be written on whether this money should be spent on leadership , customer support , onboarding , etc., Competition has also skyrocketed as of late, closing the differential gap between competitors. But, doesn’t that mean I should spend less on product knowledge if my customers are already doing the research?”. Absolutely not; because your sales team needs to know even more about your product than the customer!

How To Foster User Adoption In Your New Learning Management System?

Gyrus

This will establish the groundwork to let them know how the process is going and what requirements may be tough to find specific compliance. Know the System Benefits. Know the gained functionalities and options which you will be offering like the back of your hand. By knowing the cool features you are getting (especially the ones that exceed the original scope of requirements), you can act as an internal sales figure for increased product adoption.

How to Develop Leadership Competencies that Work

Avilar

We all know that future business leaders don’t emerge by chance. Do you know how to develop leadership competencies that work? . Competitive edge : Know their markets and innovate to stay ahead. Identify current strengths, interests, experiences, and skill gaps.

How to Boost Your LMS When Upskilling Employees is Your Goal

Avilar

To truly address the skills gaps of your employees with the learning and development they need, you’ll want a robust LMS paired with a competency management system that informs and guides the upskilling process, every step of the way. You’ll know right away where there are skill gaps.

How to Get Your Workforce on Board for Competency Management

Avilar

People are more likely to support projects they help to create. You already know that to set up your competency management program for success, you need your senior executive team to provide support and resources to get started. Catch (and Celebrate) Employees Doing Competencies Right. Renowned speaker and author Ken Blanchard encourages leaders to “catch people doing something right.” RELATED BLOGS AND WHITE PAPERS.

Why Now is the Right Time to Build a Powerful Workforce

Avilar

When it comes to building tomorrow’s federal workforce, government leaders agree that technology is outdated, retiring personnel are leaving knowledge gaps in their wake, and employees need to be rewarded based on performance (not longevity). In September 2018, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), released its No Time To Wait, Part 2 white paper with recommendations for building a sustainable government workforce. We know it works.

Evaluating Training – Capturing the Benefits Aspect of ROI

Obsidian Learning

But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. Reactions to a learning event are important and the happy sheets do serve a purpose, but will they really provide enough hard data for informed decision making when greater investment in training is needed, budgets are cut, competition for resources is fierce, and times get tough?

Preview of the Learning Solutions and the Learning Performance Ecosystem conferences

Challenge to Learn

This is hopefully helpful if you are attending, but if you do not go to Orlando there are many ways to tap into the rich conference resources. I do not know any of them. But Learning Solutions has a great track record for great keynotes, so I do hope that they will surprise and inspire me. The importance of adding performance support to the mix. Bridging the gender gap.

What is a Skills Assessment and Why is it Important?

Avilar

A person’s education, experience, and references all provide indicators about what a person knows and what they have done. Ideally, the assessment captures the level of proficiency for each skill, so you know which participants are new to a skill and which have mastered it. . Skills assessment tests give no weight to how employees learned what they know; they measure what employees can do. What is a skills assessment? Why is it important?

How to Develop Leadership Competencies in Your Millennials

Avilar

What leadership competencies do Millennial managers need to develop to effectively lead our next-generation workforces? It’s no surprise, then, that Millennials tend to believe in themselves (rather than employers) to find new, better ways of doing things. What competencies do they need to develop to get there? For employees to build leadership competencies at any job and experience level, it’s important to know their starting point.

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Part 3/3: Facilitating learning experiences with AI

Everwise

We sat down with Erik Duindam, Head of Engineering for Everwise, who recently published a white paper on AI’s potential for L&D. A McKinsey Global Institute report found that there will be significant changes in what workers need to know in the coming decade as a result of AI. IBM Watson Analytics is already analyzing multiple employee data pipelines to predict future skill gaps and future performance.

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How to Unlock the Expertise Economy with Upskilling

Avilar

Former LinkedIn Chief Learning Officer, Kelly Palmer, and David Blake, co-founder of Degreed, think they know why. To minimize essential skills gaps in your organization, you either need to hire skilled professionals or develop the skills of your current employees. Upskilling” generally describes skill improvement – doing what you do now, only better. Read our white paper for Talent Management Strategies to Build Your Future Workforce.

Putting the Future of Work in a Global Context

General Assembly

And the gap between the skills workers have and the skills companies need is growing wider as workers struggle to keep pace with emerging technologies in fast-growing industries. We know technology is transforming the global workforce. and what policymakers, learning and development providers, and business leaders should be doing to prepare for it. Download the Putting the Future of Work in a Global Context white paper.

Part 3/3: Facilitating learning experiences with AI

Everwise

We sat down with Erik Duindam, Head of Engineering for Everwise, who recently published a white paper on AI’s potential for L&D. A McKinsey Global Institute report found that there will be significant changes in what workers need to know in the coming decade as a result of AI. IBM Watson Analytics is already analyzing multiple employee data pipelines to predict future skill gaps and future performance.

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How to Up Your Competency Management Game for 2019

Avilar

You may already be using competencies to understand your employees’ weaknesses and develop learning plans to close essential skills gaps. Increasingly, organizations are using competencies more holistically, to support their strategic plans. But solving strategic business goals through competency management is a complex endeavor and it’s really tough to do that well without technology. When talent is scarce, the worst thing you can do is hire the wrong person for the job.

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Microlearning – the next big thing is small!

Unicorn Training

It seems everyone wants to know more about what it is, how it works and how it can transform their training initiatives, silver bullet style. When was the last time you heard anyone say ‘make this course as long as you like, staff have plenty of time available to do this’?! just show me what do I need to know to be compliant in my day to day work, don’t tell me everything the FCA rulebook says on this subject with a lesson on the history of regulation thrown in for good measure).

Inclusion and the New Workplace: A Conversation with Author Jennifer Brown

Chronus

Often, we don’t know that these are biased decisions until they’re brought to our attention, which can perpetuate inequality in a company. On the flipside, the person experiencing discrimination is left feeling confused and powerless to do anything. Jennifer: I don’t think organizations should do unconscious bias training unless there is also training that specifies inclusive behaviors. Q: How do organizations measure success within D&I initiatives?

Are You Failing Millennials with Your Performance Management?

Avilar

So, today’s workplaces must be perfectly aligned to support this generation of employees, right? If you’re doing performance management wrong, you will probably lose some great employees to competitors who have figured out how to provide the feedback and opportunities that Millennials crave. Having grown up in the digital “public eye” of social media and instant feedback, they want to always know how they’re doing and what to do next.

7 Reasons Why You Must Convert Flash Games to HTML5

Hurix Digital

However, owing to glaring security gaps, performance, and stability issues that Flash games presented on mobile devices, a need for change became more pressing. Adobe Flash is a software platform designed to support multimedia content production and display. It accepts inputs from the end-users through a mouse, camera, microphone, or keyboard, thus supporting bi-directional streaming capabilities. Serious gaps in its security came to light every now and then.

Why Competency Projects Fail (And How to Avoid It)

Avilar

By supporting smart decisions around recruiting, developing, engaging, and retaining employees, a competency program can create a competitive edge. Why do competency projects fail? And what can you do about it? Only move forward when you have the explicit backing of senior leaders and their commitment to support the full process. Second, if the competency project doesn’t reflect the jobs that people do every day, managers won’t care.

Are You Prepared for the Measles Outbreak to Hit Your Workforce?

Avilar

Did you know that competency management can help you and your team weather the storm? And…how do those risk factors map to your employees? Do your travel policies limit travel to higher-risk geographies in the U.S. Do you support work from home for people who may be exposed? What they may or may not do. What they must do, in some circumstances. They also need to know their rights, roles, and responsibilities.