We have seen unprecedented times in the recent part. Overnight, the way we work, the way we live and the way we travel has changed. We have been able to make the shift steadily.
Even before the pandemic, automation and artificial intelligence were forcing workforce to rethink, readjust and reskill. Customer interactions and individualised customer experiences were given a lot of experience.
Though many people realise that skills gaps are evident, doubts about addressing it seems to be prevalent.
The reskilling checklist
- For an organisation or a business unit, clear planning is essential. Have a reskilling/upskilling policy in place.
- The role and responsibility of each employee must be well-defined. Their other skill sets should be recognised and tapped.
- Any change in strategy in the business model should go hand-in-hand with equipping the workforce with the required skillsets.
- Digital skill building is the need of the hour.
- Analyse the capabilities of your workforce and draft an upward journey plan. As an individual, you could draw in a plan for yourself, keeping the requirements of your company and the industry in mind.
- Let reskilling be part of an ongoing initiative.
It is important to have a clear view of the deficiency in the skill set and start work on it in a systemised manner.
Skill building should eventually lead you and your organisation to the next level. You could make use of the external experts to learn newer things.
The dynamism with which an organisation grows, depends so much on the resilience and reskilling capacity of the workforce.
The mantra of a successful organisation at this point in time is to invest on their workforce so that they can quickly adapt to market changes. Employee engagement and retention will be better if acquisition of new skills is encouraged by the company. Also, the company can adapt to newer techniques and practices faster.
The pandemic has thrown light on the level of uncertainty things operate on. So, this is the right time for reskilling and up-skilling.