Addressing skills gaps within organisations is no simple task.
Whether you are looking to improve technical skills, like software or systems knowledge, or soft skills, such as coaching or leadership, there is no shortage of approaches you can take.
From hiring and training to continuing education, these gaps in skills should be addressed from several angles to be effectively resolved.
Here are a few key areas of focus which can help a business bridge skills gaps in a relatively simple way.
Cross-Training can be a great way to improve skill gap areas because it allows you to optimise resources that you already have in-house. Encouraging employees to become cross-trained in other areas where you have a need for talent will not only shore up the immediate shortcoming, it will leave you with more highly skilled talent across the board, so you can improve knowledge transfer throughout the business.
2. Strategic Hiring
Employees with in-demand skill sets can be difficult to find and pricey, so hiring strategically is key. By partnering with recruiters, schools, and associations, your company can better position itself to capture talents.
3. In-house Development
Providing developmental opportunities in-house is not only a good way to ensure that you are bridging the skills gaps that are impacting your business, it can also help to improve employee engagement and retention.
Developmental opportunities are important to employees, so investing in in-house learning opportunities can pay off in many ways. Developing training programs or curriculum is no small task, but it can be tailored to your business to take care of any skills gaps you may identify.
4. Outside Education
In some instances, it may be cheaper or easier to look outside to provide developmental opportunities for employees. Many organisations are willing to foot the bill for employees to pursue certifications or degrees in order to bolster their bench strength as an organisation. Even association conferences can be sponsored, providing a great perk to your employees and allowing you to improve the level of training in your business.
5. Use Psychometric Tests
Just like us as recruiters, you can make use of various psychometric tests to understand your employees better without making them uncomfortable by putting them in the spotlight. You may consider, for example, the Belbin test that was designed to identify the team roles of each individual and therefore see skills gaps within teams.
Fixing skills gaps is not generally an easy task. Whether you invest the time in undertaking training employees, or you invest the money in pursuits such as building a curriculum and enabling your employees to pursue an education, there will be costs to the company. However, these investments can pay off tenfold in the results your well-trained and knowledgeable workforce can provide. It’s a true win/win for everyone, since your employees will be grateful for the developmental opportunities, and your organisation will be able to improve upon the skills it needs to be successful.
If you find yourself missing candidates to fill in gaps, don’t hesitate to communicate your needs to our expert team. They always love a good challenge!