What is Skills Management?

Nov 4, 2015
What is Skills Management?

In several recent postings I’ve blogged (a lot) about skills and skill management.  So what IS skills management?  It being 2015 the first place I looked is

Wikipedia (of course) and found this: Skills Management. Terrific, a Wiki about skills management! This means other people are interested in the subject as well.  The Wiki really does sum up many important elements of skills management:

  1. Definition: The practice of understanding, developing, and deploying people and their skills.
  2. Well-implemented skills management should identify the skills that job roles require, the skills of individual employees, and any gap between the two.
  3. Skills are usually defined in a skills matrix consisting of a list of skills, a grading system, and what it means to be at a particular level for a skill.
  4. To be useful, skills management must be an ongoing process where skills are regularly assessed.
  5. Benefits
    1. Employees
      1. The ability to review the list of skills they require, the skills they have obtained, and ultimately their skill gaps.
      2. A development plan may be provided to bridge skill gaps over a period of time.
      3. Employees gain from improved identification and understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, from being able to set personal goals, and to understand the value they bring to the organization, which in turn can boost morale.
    2. Managers
      1. Enables knowledge of employee skill strengths and weaknesses.
      2. Allows them to search for employees with specific skills.
    3. Executives – A rolled up view of skills and skill gaps across an organization can enable its executives to see areas of skill strength and weakness. This enables them to plan for the future against the current and future abilities of staff, as well as to prioritize areas for skills development.

These benefits actually closely match with the points I made in my last posting about the “Benefits of a Skill-Centric Learning Management System.”  I guess that’s not too surprising though since the whole point of a Skill-Centric management system is to manage employee skills!

TOP 5 MANAGERIAL SKILLS EVERY EMPLOY SHOULD HAVE

  • TECHNICAL SKILLS

    Technical skills refer to knowledge and understanding of methods, procedures, and strategies in a specialized field. For instance, technical skills for a software developer will include an in-depth thorough understanding and knowledge of computer applications and software. These skills help you to work efficiently. Often people stop investing in their technical skills once they start working, however, in this fast-paced scenario, one should always stay updated with the latest trends and learn the latest skills. With an employee skill management system, employees can be trained in specialized skills respective to their job roles.

  • CONCEPTUAL SKILLS

    Conceptual skills refer to the ability to visualize the bigger picture and find the solutions to complex problems after taking all the factors into account. When addressing challenging situations, these skills help in employing creativity to find optimal and unique solutions.

  • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

    Interpersonal skills are all the skills that help you interact and communicate efficiently. Every employee should be able to express and understand the opinions and thoughts clearly. Employees should be able to help and encourage each other to drive results. Whether it is writing an email or giving a presentation, interpersonal skills help you attain excellence in all.

  • DECISION-MAKING SKILLS

    Decision-making skills refer to the ability to find solutions to problems quickly and efficiently. This skill is essential at all levels. Every employee has to make decisions in day-to-day operations. This requires analyzing the situation, its pros, and cons, identifying the weakness, looking for the optimal solution, and making a quick judgement. Every decision should push you forward to your goal.

  • ANALYTICAL SKILLS

    Analytical skills refer to the ability to collect information and analyze it carefully to solve problems and make the right decisions. It is important that an employee can efficiently investigate the problem. This includes surveying, researching, identifying the patterns, brainstorming, observing data, etc. An employee skill management system can help employees in identifying their weaknesses and shortcomings.

  • OPENNESS TO LEARNING

    This means that a person should always be open to learning new things and skills. Continuous learning opens doors to new opportunities, makes room for improvement, and leads to success. The world is moving ahead rapidly. It becomes essential that our skills remain relevant in the future. This calls for continuous learning. A person who is willing to learn can quickly overcome his/her shortcomings. An employee skill management system then becomes an investment for the organizations. Employees are open to learning and can track their progress.

What is eLearning?

  • E-Learning allows the online delivery of training with real-time tracking of training analytics, optimizing time and reducing costs associated with traditional learning methods.

What is an LMS?

  • E-Learning allows the online delivery of training with real-time tracking of training analytics, optimizing time and reducing costs associated with traditional learning methods.

SCORM, AICC & XAPI

  • SCORM and AICC are an international standard for tracking E-Learning activities. xAPI (formerly Tin Can API) is the Learning Objects new standard. The Gyrus Learning Management System supports both of these standards.