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Insight: HR Leaders failing to future proof employee skills


Over a third of HR leaders believe they have not sufficiently prepared their workforce for tomorrow’s skills demand 50% of respondents revealed that HR is not delivering to its full potential in providing employees with the right training and knowledge for their role.
In a survey of more than 770 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, found that 80% 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 not 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% 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, are easy to deploy via 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.”

Further key findings:

  • 90% of HR leaders believe that they are seen as 'unhelpful' by employees when it comes to developing their skills
  • Over 70% of HR leaders believe that employees see HR as providing little or no learning, or just the minimum skills for them to succeed
  • 40% 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% of their employees feel insecure in their jobs because their skills and knowledge are not up-to-date.
Matthew Parker, CEO Lumesse added; “Business has moved into a new era, where doing more with less has never been as crucial or key to an organisations survival. It’s vital that HR decision makers identify training solutions that truly meet their workforce’s real-time skill needs, using technology platforms and tools to deliver these programmes on time and where possible under budget. Organisations unable to provide their workforce with agile and regularly tailored learning, risk leaving employees lacking the skills they need to adapt and respond not just to today’s challenges but tomorrow’s too.”

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