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How Organizations Can Prevent Skill Shortages

In the workplace, there are constant conversations surrounding how employees can perform better. What if it’s time to shift the conversation to what employers can do better to ensure their employees are not only performing to the best of their abilities but are growing in their careers within their own companies.

On this episode of  Voices of eLearning, host JW Marshall, spoke with Matthew Daniel, Employer Solutions Principal at Guild Education, for more insight. Daniel helps to ensure that companies like Nike, Cigna, and Microsoft have a solid pipeline of talent, especially from inside their own organization through talent development.

After a year of undeniable challenges, Daniel believes that employers need to recognize when there are opportunities to invest in durable skills, so that talent is positioned to not just get through now, but for future challenges that arise. “We all know the next 12 months are going to require a lot of flexibility from all of us,” Daniel said.

So how exactly can organizations take a step back and make the changes needed to ensure their workforce doesn’t have a skill shortage? “The first thing is, we’ve got to start talking about it. Like if we’re not acknowledging that what we’re doing is creating some of our own skill debt, by only giving people the skills they need today, then we’re just going to keep doing what we need,” Daniel explained. “Have we essentially created our own skill shortage by only investing in people, the skill that they need to do when they perform their job today?”

Listen to this episode of Voices of eLearning.