To successfully navigate digital transformation and help employees reskill as needs shift, HR leaders must reorient learning and development to build connected learners.
Is your organization in the midst of becoming more digital? The answer is most likely yes. Gartner research shows that 67% of business leaders believe their company will no longer be competitive if it does not become significantly digitalized by 2020.
As organizations determine how to digitalize their business, many are confronted with the reality that skills gaps exist in their workforce. According to Gartner research presented at the Gartner ReimagineHR conference in London, a whopping 70% of employees have not mastered the skills they need for their jobs today, and 80% lack the skills needed for both their current role and their future career.
If you’re nodding “yes” as you read this, don’t despair. HR leaders can help employees keep pace with shifting skills needs by evolving their approach to employee learning and development to focus on building connected learners.
This is one example of how leading companies are seeking to reskill and upskill their employees by transforming employee development programs. Connected learners, like Connector managers, foster meaningful connections to and among employees, teams and the enterprise. Organizations that succeed in shifting employee development to build connected learners can reap big rewards.
The connected-learning approach increases employee skills preparedness by 28% to 39% across the three main areas of employee development (learning solutions, skills identification and employee motivation), and employees who are connected learners are eight times more likely to be high performers.