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March 16, 2020

Learning Management Tips: Reskill to Survive and Thrive

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Reskilling is becoming vital for workers in almost every industry. According to recent GO-Globe statistics, about 70% of workers today will find themselves out of employment by 2026 if they don't reskill.

Since reskilling is critical for future success, learning and development teams need to deliver engaging training to bolster hard and soft skills. Implement the following learning management tips to successfully reskill your employees. Reskilling not only empowers your team, but it positions your company to remain competitive in the years to come.

Learning management best practices for successful reskilling

Show enthusiasm

Positivity can be contagious. Position reskilling as a means for employees to own their futures. Demonstrate your company's enthusiasm for reskilling with a learning kickoff. At the kickoff, ensure workers know how to use a learning management system (LMS) or other tools they'll need to reskill.

Offer microlearning

Busy employees might not have time to complete full-length courses, especially if they already have demanding workloads. This reality makes microlearning an effective way to reskill employees and keep them engaged with new material.

Vary content formats
Everyone learns differently. It's important to deliver learning material using a method that resonates with your employees. Incorporate videos, guides, interactive training, community forums and gamification into your reskilling initiatives. Not only will it empower employees to better retain information, it could also improve morale and increase overall productivity.

Track progress

Reskilling doesn't just happen in one day. You will need to measure employee reskilling progress over weeks, months and even years. Reliable LMS reporting and analytics will pinpoint which employees are on a positive reskilling trajectory and which ones need more training.

Tailor training 

Customize reskilling training to align with the current and future needs of your industry. By clearly illustrating routes to success, like tailored learning paths, employees will know what skills they need to thrive in the future. 

In Demand Hard and Soft Skills

Even the best learning management strategy won't make an impact unless it's building the right skills. With the rise of Industry 4.0 and constant technology innovations, employees need certain hard and soft skills to keep up.

 An article by Inc noted the following are the most important hard skills employees of today—and of the future—should have.

  • Cloud computing: According to recent statistics from Statista, the public cloud computing market is set to skyrocket to around $141 billion as more and more companies use the public cloud to enhance their operations.
  • UX design: Sofia Zoria in a Medium article emphasized better user interface (UI) could raise your website's conversion rate by 200%, while a better user experience design (UX) can increase conversion rates by 400%.
  • Video production: Figures cited by Small Biz Genius highlighted the world consumes over 500 million hours of video content per day. To better utilize this trend, companies must invest in supporting employees who can create quality video content.

While hard skills are important, the changing trends of the workplace require employees to have certain personality traits and behaviors. An article by Forbes pointed out the following top soft skills companies are after.

  • Creativity: With technical tasks becoming outsourced to computing and AI, what companies need the most are employees who can see things in a new perspective and provide a more creative way of connecting the dots.
  • Collaboration: Fields and perspectives are becoming more interconnected, which is why it's important that employees are able to collaborate with other professionals, in and outside their fields.
  • Emotional intelligence: Emotional intelligence is arguably one of the most important soft skills because it enables all the others. Employees cannot effectively collaborate or communicate if they aren't sympathetic or empathic. People cannot fully tap into creativity or agility if they aren't self-aware and able to manage their own thoughts and feelings.

More than ensuring their skillsets won't grow obsolete, giving employees opportunities to reskill shows them you care about their career and future. Improving hard and soft skills can also enable companies to stay competitive and avoid the high costs related to employee turnover.

Connect with an Absorb representative today to discover how the right LMS can efficiently reskill your workforce.