The problem isn’t new, but it is increasingly acute. With high employment rates, and dramatically changing job roles, addressing critical skills gaps to ensure organizational competitiveness remains high on the executive agenda for organizations globally.
And for some time acquiring talent with certain technical skills like data science, AI, or digital skills were center stage for talent leaders. More recently however, soft skills – or “power skills” as global industry analyst Josh Bersin calls them – have been elevated in priority, because they underpin long term organizational agility and are foundational to adapting to the future of work.
This backdrop is forcing businesses to rethink hiring strategies and employee development investments, and calls for even greater alignment between often siloed functions like TA and L&D.