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HR “failing to future-proof” employee skills

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Over a third of HR leaders believe they have not sufficiently prepared their workforce for tomorrow’s skills demand and 50 percent of survey respondents revealed that HR is not delivering to its full potential in providing employees with the right training and knowledge for their role.

In an independent survey of 769 HR leaders from across the globe, findings revealed that over a third of HR leaders believe they cannot sufficiently prepare their workforce for tomorrow’s skills demand, leaving one in three employees feeling insecure in their job as a result. The survey, commissioned by Lumesse, a global player in integrated talent management solutions, found that 80 percent of respondents agreed that employees have to learn more and faster to succeed in their role than they did five years ago, yet exactly half of HR leaders confirmed that they are some way from delivering to their full potential when it comes to providing employees with the right training and knowledge for their role.

Thomas Berglund, Director of Learning at Lumesse commented, “With 75 percent of HR leaders agreeing that organisational change is happening globally much faster than just five years ago, HR professionals are being asked to achieve more with much less, and to do it right now. To overcome this challenge, HR leaders need to adopt more agile learning strategies that respond incredibly quickly to change and that are easy to deploy across intuitive technology platforms that employees trust. Doing so will help organisations and HR leaders to minimise the disconnect and time delay between ‘skill need identified and learning deployed.”

Only ten percent worldwide believe HR is seen as an ‘extremely useful partner’ by employees for skills development. Over 70 percent of HR leaders believe that employees see HR as providing little or no learning, or just the minimum skills for them to succeed. 40 percent of HR leaders believe that employees would not seek help from HR if they needed to develop new knowledge or skills quickly. The majority of employees see their colleagues as a more valuable resource for acquiring new skills or knowledge than their internal Learning Management Systems. HR managers believe more than 30 percent of their employees feel insecure in their jobs because their skills and knowledge are not up-to-date.

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