Future skills are needed in today’s business environment where disruption is everywhere. They include competencies, behaviors and abilities that go beyond traditional technical skills and enable the workforce to operate in a more agile and resilient way.
Future skills, or rather skills, are not just one thing. They serve as the foundation that underpins an agile and resilient workforce and link to other strategic people activities.
Every organization is at a different stage in its future skills journey. At times it can be overwhelming for senior leaders to manage change at the scale that is needed to stay ahead of today’s competition.
Always start by identifying workforce skills that are critical to your organization’s ongoing success and core values, and then connect these skills to your job architecture. Once that’s accomplished, you can then use this as a tool to pinpoint any gaps and evaluate recruitment, hiring, development and promotion policies.
From frameworks to cost planning, here are five helpful steps to guide you on the right path forward on your future skills journey.
1. Establish a Sustainable Skills Framework
Business is being disrupted and the requirements needed to be successful in the workplace are changing. Leaders must therefore assess what skills they need for certain roles both today and into the future.
Skills should still meet the basic technical requirements of the role, in addition to transferable skills like competencies, behaviors and abilities.
In order to assess for these types of future-leading skills, employers will benefit from a skills framework — a structure that allows organizations to develop and execute a strategy on how to buy and maintain the necessary skills.
We work with clients across sectors to develop workforce skills frameworks that elevate a company’s ability to improve their strategies around skills-based pay, career pathing, workforce planning and future-focused job architectures.
Identify Current and Future Capabilities to Build a Sustainable Skills and Competencies Framework