One-third of HR leaders feel they're not preparing workers for future skills demand

Employees have to learn more, faster: Survey
||Last Updated: 09/14/2012

More than one-third of HR leaders believe they cannot sufficiently prepare their workforce for tomorrow's skills demand, according to a survey released by Lumesse, a London-based provider of integrated talent management solutions.

As a result, one in three employees feel insecure in their job, found the survey of 769 HR leaders from 24 countries including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States, Australia, China, Denmark, Poland, Singapore, Spain and Sweden.

Eighty per cent of respondents agreed employees have to learn more and faster to succeed in their roles than they did five years ago, yet one-half of HR leaders confirmed they are some way from delivering to their full potential when it comes to providing employees with the right training and knowledge for their roles.

"With 75 per cent of HR leaders agreeing that organizational 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,” said Thomas Berglund, director of learning at Lumesse.

“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 organizations and HR leaders to minimize the disconnect and time delay between 'skill need identified and learning deployed."

Highlights of the survey:

•Only 10 per cent worldwide believe HR is seen as an “extremely useful partner” by employees for skills development.

•More than 70 per cent of HR leaders believe employees see HR as providing little or no learning, or just the minimum skills for them to succeed.

•40 per cent of HR leaders believe employees would not seek help from HR if they needed to develop new knowledge or skills quickly.

•HR managers believe more than 30 per cent of their employees feel insecure in their jobs because their skills and knowledge are not up-to-date.

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