Six Steps to Implement a Reskill / Upskill Program for Your Workforce
Reskill / Upskill as a Business Strategy
Many forward-thinking companies are making reskilling/upskilling their workforce a top priority. A Gallop-Amazon poll report found that “48% of American workers would switch to a new job if offered skills training opportunities,” and “65% of workers believe employer-provided upskilling is very important when evaluating a potential new job.” With just six steps you can implement an effective reskill/upskill program that results in a more adaptable, stable, less costly workforce over the long term.
Six steps to implement a reskill/upskill program
- Design job roles that provide opportunities for team resources to expand skills or transition into complimentary roles.
- Meet with managers as-well as subject matter experts to assess and understand the skills that are needed to effectively execute planned business initiatives.
- Identify gaps by comparing skills within your existing talent pool with skills required to execute planned business initiatives.
- For each job role, carefully separate must-have and nice-to-have skills. Then establish benchmarks to identify when upskill or reskill intervention may help with talent retention.
- Offer a variety of training solutions that team members can leverage to improve performance in their current roles and transitionorgrowinto new roles.
- Ensure middle managers have open conversations with team members about their professional goals and assist them with creating action plans.
Learn how Optia was able to combine a capacity planning initiative with a reskill / upskill strategy.