Companies continuously reskill and upskill staff to stay competitive in ever-changing business environments. One approach is to focus on developing adjacent skills that are complementary to existing skillsets and necessary for the future. Adjacent skills may not be directly related to an employee’s current job role but can be developed for them to change jobs or increase their value to the company.
Often, completely new skills will not need to be learned but instead, new capabilities will be added. Building on existing knowledge is easier than training entirely unrelated skills.
Why focus on reskilling staff?
L&D departments always need to focus on training for the future to keep up with changes. Fortunately, with online training reskilling is easier than ever. Training adjacent skills has a series of benefits:
Training your workforce for future requirements helps your employees develop adjacent skills and provides you with a more agile workforce. Benefits of this include lower staff turnover and better staff engagement.
Adding skills to your online training strategy can help improve productivity. Staff can be enabled to work on more than one project and in different departments. Employee retention is another benefit of boosting productivity through training initiatives. Staff turnover is expensive, so L&D strategies which focus on retention, such as adjacent skill training, are a great way to cut costs.
In this case, a successful training initiative might be considered one that allows staff to add new skills and achieve in new roles. Good programmes are those that provide access to quality resources such as engaging online training, peer-to-peer learning and quality feedback.
Skills trained should be closely aligned with a company’s objectives and fit in with an overall plan.
Retaining top talent and staying competitive is more challenging than ever so it is worth investing in effective e-learning programmes which produce adjacent skills, providing mutual benefits to organisations and their staff.