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How e-learning content can close the workforce skills gap


How e-learning content can close the workforce skills gap

MAY 24, 2018

The employee skills gap in the United States is widening. According to McKinsey, nearly 40 percent of American employers report not being able to find people with the skills they require, even if the jobs are entry-level.

Meanwhile, many existing employees are not getting the training they need. According to the Harvard Business Review, just 15 percent of employees who do not have supervisor support and encouragement to develop their careers report that their employers offer them “opportunities to develop the technical skills they will need in the future." Only 8 percent say they are given the chance to expand management and leadership skills.

If you want your employees to be productive and positively contribute to your company's bottom line, you need to know what the future of the skills economy entails, and how to support the process of gaining these skills.

Here, we dig into five key skills, identified by the Institute of the Future, that your employees will need, as well as the road map for teaching them through e-learning content.

1) Make Yourself Known With Reputation Management

The world is becoming smaller, thanks to the internet. Employees are not just competing for promotions and job advancement opportunities with their colleagues; they're competing with people all around the world. This is why building a personal brand is more crucial than ever. Employers can help their workers by promoting personal development through e-learning content.

Personal development can help employees find their voice and determine what they are best at to help them stand out amongst other candidates when they're considered for raises or promotions. By developing and offering e-learning content focused on career development, employers can help workers discover their strengths, hone in on these skills and make themselves known for these specific qualifications.

2) Make Sense of Complex Systems

Workplace processes that were once simple are increasingly complex due to an increasingly dispersed workforce and the emergence of new, more complex office technology. Employees need to be able to make sense of these loopy, complex systems to get ahead. E-learning content geared towards training employees on new software can help them determine how to work their way through complicated systems and accomplish their professional goals.

3) Befriend the Machines to Master Human-Machine Collaboration

Human-machine collaboration is now more important than ever. AI and robots are assisting employees with tasks and automating processes in the workplace. In the future, the world will only become increasingly dependent on machines. However, the workforce skills gap will only continue to increase if employees are not properly trained on how to master human-machine collaboration. Offer your workers artificial intelligence-focused e-learning content so that they can learn how to collaborate with and use robots or AI to their advantage.

4) Keep It Going By Building Resilience

The future is unknown, and you need to have a resilient workforce that can stand up against outside changes. Plus, it's critical to teach your employees how to have empathy in times of change and increase their caring IQ. Create HR-driven courses that raise workers emotional intelligence through e-learning content.

For instance, HR leaders can provide workers with classes on how to be sensitive to cultural differences and diversity in the office. These courses can only help improve office morale and employee relationships. This training will also help your employees maintain a positive attitude.

5) Build Your Tribe Using Peer Production

There's strength in community—productivity increases and employees work more efficiently when they all feel like they are part of a team. That's why it's important for your employees to build networks where they can trade skills or knowledge. They can do this through e-learning platforms, which enable them to collaborate and chat about their skills and knowledge, even remotely.

As specific skills become increasingly more important than certifications or credentials, don't just provide useful e-learning content—encourage workers to also exchange information and teach each other the skills that they gain through learning experiences.

Are you ready to help your employees build the five skills they need to succeed in the future? Take a look at Cornerstone's e-learning content today to get started.

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