08 Sep HR teams ‘failing employees in training development’
By SnowdropKCS HR and Payroll Solutions – Editorial
New research has revealed HR departments feel they are some way from being able to provide employees with the full training and knowledge needed for their roles.
A survey commissioned by integrated talent management solutions company Lumesse found more than a third of HR leaders believe they cannot sufficiently prepare their workforce for tomorrow’s skills demand.
As a result of the failings of HR departments in this area, one in three staff members claim they feel insecure in their jobs.
The study showed that 80 per cent of respondents feel employees face tougher and more demanding expectations than in previous years.
It was suggested that compared with 2007, workers have to learn more and at a faster speed in order to succeed in their role.
Director of learning at Lumesse Thomas Berglund commented: “With 75 per cent of HR leaders agreeing that organisational change is happening globally much faster than just five years ago, HR professionals are being asked to achieve more with much less, and to do it right now.”
However, 50 per cent of HR employees claim considerable changes have to be made in order for them to reach their full potential when it comes to providing staff with the right training and knowledge.
Mr Berglund said: “To overcome this challenge, HR leaders need to adopt more agile learning strategies that respond incredibly quickly to change and that are easy to deploy across intuitive technology platforms that employees trust.
“Doing so will help organisations and HR leaders to minimise the disconnect and time delay between skill need identified and learning deployed.”
Other findings from the study include the belief by just ten per cent of workforces that HR is an “extremely useful partner” to employee skills development.
More than 70 per cent of HR leaders expressed the belief that staff see HR as providing little or no learning, with just minimum skills gained from the department.
As a result, 40 per cent of HR departments believe that employees would not come to them to seek help if they needed to develop new knowledge or skills quickly.
Instead, the majority of individuals are thought to see their colleagues as a more valuable resource tool for learning new skills, choosing to approach them first before internal training and development systems.
Failing to have to up-to-date knowledge is thought to make employees feel insecure about their jobs, with more than 30 per cent of people in work believed to be currently feeling like this.