Companies in dozens of industries were already facing
major shortages in digital skills before COVID-19 scrambled their strategic plans earlier this year.
Today, as remote working becomes a more permanent fixture, CHROs and other leaders are investing heavily in re-skilling and
upskilling their workforce to meet the demands of the digitally-powered enterprise.
This Crash Course covers several methods to provide new, strategic skills to employees from a variety of professional backgrounds.
Show me your badges
Corporate badge and certification programs are helping companies fill skill gaps
A growing number of companies are using skills badges—digital records of documented skills, acquired through coursework or on‑the‑job training—to develop and mobilize talent where it’s most needed.
HR skills get a makeover
To help reskill their companies for the future, HR teams need to start with themselves
While HR teams previously managed administrative functions for the most part, today they help drive strategic goals—assessing and filling talent gaps, managing an age-diverse workforce, redesigning employee experiences, analyzing data to foster performance excellence, and more. To succeed at that level, HR teams must upgrade their own skill sets.
Teaching up in IT
How reverse mentoring can strengthen core digital skills in IT organizations
Reverse mentorship has been a staple of leadership development since Jack Welch pioneered the concept at GE in the late 1990s. Nowadays it’s enjoying a resurgence with CIOs, who are using it to reduce critical skills gaps in IT.
Upskilling IT in the COVID era
CIOs are looking to uplevel hard and soft skills alike in the IT ranks
Nearly 70% of IT leaders plan to maintain or increase their upskilling investment over the next six to 18 months, according to a survey earlier this year by tech-training nonprofit NPower. The pandemic has shifted how CIOs deploy those skills to meet the demands of the moment and prepare their workforces for the challenges ahead.