5 steps to overcome the Skill Gap

by Danique Geskus | Nov 8, 2023

In today’s rapidly changing and competitive job market, having the right skills is crucial. Companies face the constant challenge of identifying and bridging the so-called “Skill Gap” – the difference between the skills needed for success and those available in their current workforce. In this blog, we dive deeper into the Skill Gap, why it matters and how to bridge it to thrive in the modern business world.


What is the Skill Gap?

The Skill Gap, or skills gap, refers to the difference between employees’ current skills and the skills needed to achieve an organization’s goals and aspirations. It can occur at different levels, from individual employees to entire teams or departments.


Why is the Skill Gap important?

Bridging the Skill Gap is critical for several reasons:

  • Future growth: organizations must prepare for future challenges and opportunities. The lack of essential skills can hinder growth.
  • Competitiveness: in a rapidly changing market, having the right skills is a competitive advantage. Companies with a well-qualified workforce are better able to compete.
  • Innovation: skills drive innovation. Employees with the right skills are better able to generate new ideas and put them into practice.
  • Employee satisfaction: employees who have opportunities to develop and advance their skills tend to be more engaged and satisfied.
  • Productivity: having the right skills improves overall productivity and efficiency within the organization.


How can you bridge the Skill Gap?

Bridging the Skill Gap requires a thoughtful approach:

  1. Skill assessment: start by identifying current skills within your organization. This can be done through assessments, evaluations and feedback.
  2. Set goals: determine what skills and competencies are needed to achieve your organizational goals. What does it take to succeed?
  3. Training and development: invest in training and development programs to help employees build or improve needed skills.
  4. Mentoring and coaching: establish mentoring and coaching programs to guide employees and help them grow in their roles.
  5. Continuous evaluation: regularly evaluate progress and continue to make adjustments to your skill development initiatives.


Learned: your partner in bridging the Skill Gap within your organization

Learned allows you to easily visualize skills in a skill matrix and measure them through your performance management processes. This allows you not only to identify skill gaps, but also to bridge them.

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