The new reality is creating havoc in my work life as I strive to find a new rhythm. Looking back on how “normal” used to feel when I had a foundation upon which to make key decisions. Woefully the only part of life that is normal right now is that nothing feels normal.
The steep learning curve for working from home, while I asked my instructors to immerse themselves into the online teaching world, has created hardships. Hardship in our collective peace of mind and in my ability to meet my business targets. Reflecting on these last few months, I can see that almost all of these challenges have been directly related to a skills gaps in my staff and faculty. What makes this revelation even more distressing is that I did not even think to look for these gaps and here I am in scramble mode.
It appears I am not alone as one in five small business leaders and one in three mid-size company leaders cites a lack of employee skills as their biggest challenge in responding to the covid-19 pandemic. These swift shifts required leaders to development a training plan to ensure new skill sets came on board rapidly all while increasing the awareness to develop a new comprehensive training plan for all levels of the organization. (Golden, 2020).
Digital skill gaps appear to be one of the number one issue among all industry sectors having identified this as an essential skill. ( Estrada, 2020)
The National Skills Coalition reported that in the US 50% of construction, transportation and storage sector had limited skills. While 37% of workers in retail, wholesale and auto repair had limited or no digital skills. 36% of hospitality worker had a digital skills gaps. (Olugbemiga, 2020). Upon closer inspection it is not just digital skills needed attention, but the myriad of skills required to keep business doors open.
Even something as simple or maybe not so simple, as helping the workforce deal with their new levels of stress is an identified training need.
Clearly, we are all being impacted by this change and are reaching for the new normal while seeking to find a balance and quite frankly a little relief.
Looking back to the start of all this my team quickly pivoted ( skill gaps and all) and proudly we now have over 200+ courses online that can address many of the skills gaps that can impact productivity.
In the end, as we all begin the quest to normalize our life I have found no better way than to start taking back control by reaching for a little more education.
Onwards and upwards one step at a time, let us help you reach your goals.
Estrada, S. (2020, April 28). Digital skills gaps visible in essential industries. Retrieved September 01, 2020, from https://www.hrdive.com/news/digital-skills-gaps-visible-in-essential-industries/576899/
Golden, R. (2020, September 01). Survey: Skill gaps are top pandemic challenge for 1 in 5 small businesses. Retrieved September 01, 2020, from https://www.hrdive.com/news/survey-skill-gaps-are-top-pandemic-challenge-for-1-in-5-small-businesses/584455/?utm_source=Sailthru
Olugbemiga, A. (n.d.). New NSC Analysis Finds Significant Digital Skills Gaps for Workers Across Industries, With Workers of Color Most Likely to Have Limited or No Digital Skills. Retrieved September 01, 2020, from https://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/news/press-releases/new-nsc-analysis-finds-significant-digital-skills-gaps-for-workers-across-industries-with-workers-of-color-most-likely-to-have-limited-or-no-digital-skills