Overcoming Employee Skills Gap
In my earlier post, we discussed how employee skill gap or skill gap on the job is defined as the difference in the skills required and the actual skills possessed by the employee(s) on the job. Also, I explained that for an evolving organization, its employees are also evolving; the expectation is that for a firm to evolve one of two things is happening to it, it’s either a change in employees/management or its employees are also expected to evolve by learning new skills, developing old skills, and learning to be proficient in all areas across the board.
For the benefit of all, we will be discussing how we can overcome skills gap and how to assess it in the simplest and easiest way possible. This will enable us all do it and forge ahead in our careers without having to be subjected to the ridicule of earning it from someone else (i.e. a team mate or a not so nice boss.)
Assessment of Skills Gap
A good skill gap assessment needs a multi-step strategy to propose solutions and identify training requirements. Analyzing typically involves defining the skills and knowledge required to complete a task and then comparing a person’s current level to that requirement. After identifying the gap between the two, management can work with personnel to create a plan to remedy the situation. The underlying causes of skills gaps usually include changing jobs and lack of appropriate education and training. Determining the required skill levels usually includes defining the job responsibilities when companies introduce new technologies or processes.
Skill Gap Analysis
According to mbaskool.com, Identifying skill gaps is essential for companies to ensure that the workforce is well trained, knowledgeable & better equipped to perform the job. An Employee Skill Gap analysis helps achieve the following objectives:
In terms of banking, an example of a skill gap could be if an employee lacked the ability to cash government bonds. Or in an ICT firm were the job role requires an employee to know a programming language and a database and the employee knows only one language. This means there is a gap in skills. The employee can improve this by learning the missing skill.
Courtesy of blog.eskills.com, below is a detail or how to do a proper Employee Skills Gap Assessment;