How You Can Close The Skills Gaps In Your Team

To enable productivity, it is crucial to close the skills gaps in your team. The first step to doing that is to understand where the problem lies.

The idea of work and the definition of productivity are fast evolving. In this scenario, you will find that many of your employees fall short even on the most basic skill sets that you expect them to have. This is particularly true of the mass-hiring segment in India where there are high volumes of jobs, but not enough suitably skilled candidates.


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The prevalence of the skills gaps not only makes the hiring decisions infinitely more difficult, but it also poses a great challenge when it comes to getting work done. When faced with these skills gaps in your team, what should you do? How do you enable your employees?


1. Identify the problem

It is one thing to acknowledge that your employees aren’t being able to deliver. The next and more important step is to understand why. Is it because their core abilities are lacking? Are they unable to adapt to the work environment? What are their goals and aspirations, and is your company helping them work towards the same? Understanding your employees is crucial for employee engagement.


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2. Assess the division of labour

Have you assigned roles and responsibilities to your employees in keeping with their strengths and interests? If not, you have may have to do some rethinking.


3. Encourage open communication

Don’t stay restricted to annual performance reviews. Keeping communication channels open with your employees and providing them with regular constructive feedback can go a long way in revving up your employees’ productivity. Keep in mind that you must guide and not direct your employees towards their targets.


4. Provide opportunities for career growth

Regularly updating their skills is absolutely crucial for employees in this day and age. You cannot let your employees stagnate at work. Whether it is initiating weekly workshops in the office or enabling other opportunities to learn on the job, you have to let your employees learn and grow.


5. Support and encourage

One of the primary tasks as employers is for you to encourage your employees to update their skills and grow. Motivating your employees with growth prospects and offering support (which is more than just incentives) as they continue to grow is an important element.


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Ultimately, you need to look at the skills gaps in your team as opportunities rather than obstacles. By providing your employees the chance to grow, you will not only enhance their abilities, but you will also be able to retain talent effectively.


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