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:
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!
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 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 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 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 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.
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.