We are in highly uncertain and challenging times – times that none of us could have predicted. It is precisely because of this unpredictability that leaders and managers must start preparing now for what is likely to be a very different tomorrow.
As our CEO, Alistair Cox has discussed, part of this preparation involves investing in the development of your most important asset – your people. “This crisis is temporary, we will get through to the other side and the world could look quite different when we do. It might not feel like a priority right now, but it’s those companies that spend time and resource in investing in the training and development of their people now, that will likely emerge at the other end in the best possible situation.”
Investing in upskilling, then, not only enables organisations to position themselves strongly as we work our way through this crisis – it also helps them prepare for, and thrive in, the future world of work.
So, we’ve touched on why prioritising the upskilling of your people is important, but how do you go about it when so many other urgent priorities demand your attention?
The first step is to conduct a skills analysis for each team member. This will enable you to identify any skills gaps and consider what skills – such as agile working, resilience or adaptability – will be important going forward.
Follow these three steps to carry out an effective skills analysis:
Once you have a clear sense of the current and future development areas for your team, the below six steps will help you to encourage and support your employees through their upskilling:
As a leader or manager helping to pivot your organisation in today’s environment, you’re probably extremely busy right now. Understandably, then, taking the time to assess your team’s current and future skill needs might not feel like a priority.
However, if you do make upskilling a priority right now, it will pay off – not just for your business, but also by reminding your team that even in these unprecedented times, their development and progression is still of utmost importance to you. Investing in your people during this time will also help you future-proof your business well beyond the short-term considerations of the pandemic.
In short, just because your business is presently dealing with the immediate impact of the coronavirus crisis, you should not overlook investing in the skills of your staff. Doing so can help your organisation cope with today’s fast-changing and uncertain corporate landscape.
To return to the words of our CEO, Alistair Cox: “See this period of adversity and struggle as an opportunity to proactively strengthen the skills within your teams... your employees will thank you for it, because engaging in something purposeful and positive can help them deal with their own anxieties right now….Furthermore, by investing in them now, you are proactively showing them that you are investing in their future.”
Adam Shapley, Managing Director, Hays New Zealand and Hays IT Australia & New Zealand, began working at Hays in 2001 and during this time has held significant leadership roles across the business including responsibility for multiple specialisms in various locations across Australia & New Zealand.
In 2018, he was appointed to Hays ANZ Management Board and made Managing Director for Hays New Zealand.
Adam is also responsible for the strategic direction of the Hays Information Technology business across Australia & New Zealand including driving growth across Digital Technology, Projects & Business Change and IT Operations & Support.
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