As the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses need to innovate to remain successful.
While millions have lost jobs, many others now work from home. What was a temporary solution for this world health crisis has, months later, become a way of life.
On top of that, as companies continue to downsize, reskilling is an important tool for any company looking to adapt its workforce to this new, post-pandemic world.
Do you need to reevaluate your workforce strategy? Read on to learn more about reskilling.
What is Reskilling?
To reskill your workforce means training employees to take on new jobs as their former jobs become obsolete.
The process of reskilling allows you to keep valued, talented employees. As we continue to figure out what the post-pandemic workforce will be, your business needs to retain as many of these employees as possible.
Reskill vs. Upskill
Often mistaken as the same idea, these two terms have different definitions.
Reskilling means training employees to take on different roles within the company.
Upskilling means training workers to increase their responsibility and capacity within their current position.
Both are important in the new Covid-19 world. Upskilling employees can be better for your bottom line by providing skills for your employees to do more.
Companies reskilling employees cut the massive costs associated with hiring and training new employees.
Identify Your Weaknesses
Before you begin reskilling employees, you need to identify where your company’s weaknesses are.
By doing this, you can streamline your training process to fill any of the gaps in your business plan. Part of adjusting to a Covid-19 world is acting quickly to strengthen any weak spots.
If you are undecided as to whether the reskilling process is right for your firm, consider that many top companies already started. Don’t be left behind.
The old H.G. Wells saying, adapt or perish, is never more true than right now.
Businesses of all kinds are learning how important reskilling employees is.
Restaurants are now cross-training waiters to bartend and host. Cocktail bars trained their employees not only to mix drinks but run canning and bottling operations.
You may not run a restaurant, but if you are in a business leadership position, now is the time to embrace a real reskilling plan to stay ahead.
A reskilling plan means identifying those employees you believe have the aptitude. After you’ve done this, invest the time and money to provide adequate training for these employees.
As you plan to reskill, look at the job openings from other companies. Tailor your reskilling operation to keep the people you want in-house.
The Importance of Reskilling Today
It feels like the world changed immediately thanks to the current Covid-19 pandemic, and we’re all still dealing with its workforce consequences.
For any company, it’s important to stay ahead of this new world. Reskilling your workforce is the best way to come out of the other side on top.
Do you need more help adjusting your company to a Covid-19 world? Contact us for a consultation.