Gartner Report: Agile Learning: Use Progressive Layering of Skills to Upskill and Develop Employees

As the nature of work evolves and new technologies permeate our ways of working, workforce skills need to keep up. The skills that knowledge workers need to perform their jobs effectively are constantly changing and increasing in number. For business leaders, developing a high-performing, future-ready workforce is no easy feat, as digital acceleration requires new workplace skills more quickly.

The result is a skills gap that needs to be addressed. Per Gartner, “Seventy percent of employees say they haven’t yet mastered the skills they need for the job they have today. Additionally, only one in five employees say they have the skills they need for both their current roles and future careers. As a result, upskilling and reskilling employees are priorities for many organizations, and learning has now become a business imperative.”*

It’s not possible to hire employees with all needed skills — or if it is, that skill set will soon become obsolete. The way to future-proof your workforce is to engage in lifelong learning for employees.

In this complimentary report, Agile Learning: Use Progressive Layering of Skills to Upskill and Develop Employees, Gartner examines how leaders can help their workforce address skills gaps and develop needed capabilities through “progressive layering” of skills: “People need enduring ‘skills for life,’ foundational skills for a career path, and skills in the latest techniques in their fields. Skills in lower, slower layers underpin upskilling in higher, faster-moving layers. Learning to learn is a bedrock skill for life.”

Download the Gartner report to learn how to develop well-rounded employees and a future-proof workforce through a progressive layering of skills. This includes:

  • Creating ways for employees to develop enduring foundational skills, or “skills for life,” that support organizational strategy and that can evolve with the changing needs of the organization 
  • Also focusing on role-specific skills that directly impact an employee’s ability to perform their role and that evolve as quickly as the tasks and workflows that a given role supports in the organization
  • Continuing to seek out and develop new or emerging skills that have not yet been mastered but will be critical for future success as the organization prepares for the future of work 

*Source: Gartner, Agile Learning: Use Progressive Layering of Skills to Upskill and Develop Employees, Jose Ramirez, Jan-Martin Lowendahl, Graham Waller, Christie Struckman, Caroline Chumakov, 25 May 2021.

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