Your Business Needs a Strong Upskilling and Reskilling Program

The goal of a strong upskilling and reskilling program is to create a more resilient and agile workforce that can continue to be successful in an environment of new and changing roles. Brandon Hall Group’s Talent Management Maturity study found that 90% of companies believe a lack of talent mobility is a significant risk to the business, meaning they cannot reallocate talent resources to the areas where the business needs them most.

Rethinking Reskilling

Brandon Hall Group Smartchoice Preferred Provider Totara Learning has developed an adaptive learning platform that is designed precisely for this new, transformative environment. Totara has assembled a set of solutions aimed directly at building skills and enabling talent mobility. Totara Learn is a next-generation LMS that does all the heavy lifting expected of an LMS, but with modern flexibility. Totara Engage is their take on the LXP which provides more opportunities for collaboration and learner experience of an LXP. They then round it out with Totara perform, a performance management system that helps tie together skills, learning and performance. 

Changing the Approach to Upskilling and Reskilling

Taking a more personalized approach to learning is allowing companies to become much more agile in how they address skill gaps. There is a lot that goes into personalization, but ultimately, it can deliver much, much more. There are simple elements, like aligning the learning opportunities presented to employees with key information about them. Are they in a technical role? Or are they more in need of soft skills? What is their experience level? Their background? By pulling together everything we know about learners, we can deliver them what they need, rather than blanketing them in learning that could be redundant or irrelevant.

Solving Challenges with Personalized Learning

As companies look to an uncertain future filled with shifting remote/on-site workforce dynamics, increased attrition and a volatile world economy, many feel as if they are unprepared to face it, at least from a skills perspective. Only half of companies in Brandon Hall Group’s 2021 State of Learning Practices Study believe their approach to learning positions them well to meet that future. This means that the other half must figure out their learning strategy quickly, since the future of work is already here.

The Answer to Upskilling and Reskilling the Workforce — Personalized Learning at Scale

Learning teams must put their organizations in a position to win the hearts and minds of their employees with outstanding learning. Most employees want to learn but feel they are not provided the opportunity to do so properly. Each employee has their own unique way to learn. Learning teams must create and deliver personalized learning for every employee at the speed and scale of business. Learning teams should employ the latest techniques and technology to develop fast, easily deployed, scalable and contextualized learning experiences for any workforce scenario. A better learner experience improves the process of skills acquisition which ultimately improves an employee’s performance. We all agree that improving employee and organizational performance is the end goal of all learning.

Driving Learner Engagement in the Hybrid Workplace

L&D must establish itself as a guiding light in unfamiliar waters. This is critical as organizations see an increased demand for upskilling and reskilling to improve internal talent mobility — especially since just more than one-third of companies believe they are prepared to develop the skills they will need in the future. Business is moving too fast and the workforce is too busy, distracted and now geographically dispersed for traditional training models to be completely effective.

Injecting Learning into the Organization’s Cultural DNA

In the process of reexamining their approach to learning and development, companies have been looking at their strategies, technologies, and processes to uncover ways to better develop the workforce and close skills gaps. What really needs to happen, though, is for the organizations themselves to make a shift, developing and sustaining a culture of continuous learning.

Companies Need to Completely Rethink Approach to Learning

As organizations face unprecedented change and volatility, the need to quickly and effectively reskill and upskill their workforce to meet new demands has dramatically increased. However, most companies remain challenged by just how to accomplish this. Brandon Hall Group Research found that only half of companies believe their learning approach is positioning them to meet future work requirements.

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