Train Employees to Meet Necessary Skills on Hire – Red Bluff Daily News

Over the past two years, there has been a paradigm shift in the job market. Positions that were once easy to hire now seem impossible to fill. And while there isn’t the type of skills gap we’ve seen in the past, the new skills gap is simply not being able to hire talent with the necessary skills due to the recruitment shortage. .

According to a study by Lorman, while 59% of employees say they did not receive on-the-job training and learned self-taught skills, 74% of workers are willing to learn new skills and take training to stay employable. . Additionally, 74% of workers also said that due to lack of development opportunities, they have not reached their full potential. These trends offer insight into what leaders can do during the recruitment crisis caused by the Great Resignation.

With the talent shortage affecting businesses across all industries, organizations must look to upskill their employees to meet workforce and production needs.

Identify your team’s needs

Each team has specific skills that are needed to achieve organizational success. From logistics and succession planning to project management and skilled trades needs, the roles your organization finds hard to fill aren’t necessarily always industry-based, but strategic to your goals. Look at where the gaps are in your business and what is needed to fill them. It’s also important to look at your short- and long-term goals and identify the skills needed to achieve them.

Find employees interested in development

Once you have identified internal skills gaps within your organization, it is important to seek out employees who are not only willing, but eager to learn new skills with the ability to take on more responsibility or a different role within the company. Without surveying your employees specifically, it can seem difficult to identify these growth-oriented employees. However, an easy way to do this is to look at your star employees who are empowered and want to expand their role and have a meaningful conversation about their career goals and whether upskilling could help them and the company. .

Provide continuous development, cross-training

After choosing the talents who are ready to take on new roles, decide on the most effective ways to help develop the needs your business needs. While larger organizations may be able to offer third-party training and development through technology and trade schools, smaller companies may need to look in-house to develop these skills. Cross-training may be the most reasonable solution for some organizations. By having employees follow their qualified peers to provide on-the-job training, you are able to double the number of professionals with the skills needed to take your business to the next level of success.

Maintaining productivity during a recruiting crisis can be stressful and demanding. However, by training your employees to meet ever-changing market demands, you are not only preparing your organization for success, but also developing a team ready to meet any future challenges.

Submitted by Lisa Hansen, owner of Express Employment Professionals, 243 S. Main St., Red Bluff, and 750 E. Walker St., Ste. B, Orleans. She can be reached at (530) 527-0727.

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