Why build a future skills framework?

By: Ambreen Ali

Build a future skills framework

A future skills framework is essential for companies to not only make smart decisions today about how to organize teams and hire talent, but to future-proof themselves as skills continue to become obsolete and evolve at an unprecedented rate.

Think of a skills framework as a common understanding across an organization of how to define and measure roles and skills. Once established, it informs nearly every aspect of managing talent: job descriptions, role expectations, goals, performance reviews, career advancement, skills development, hiring, onboarding, team structures and project allocations. A future skills framework takes that one step further to identify emerging skills and help enterprises build new capabilities, as well as guide them on how to create comprehensive training roadmaps.

“Creating and maintaining a good and progressive skills framework literally gives teams the ability to tackle team decisions and track skills growth down to a minute level of detail, consistently and transparently,” writes Ben Tregoing on the UX Collective blog.

Absent that, companies can suffer from organized chaos as they scale up. Goal setting becomes ad hoc or inconsistent, teams have no common definition of competence, and people lack direction or meaning as promotions are not tied to clear standards. Recruitment also suffers, as resources are wasted on vetting employee profiles that are a poor fit.

With nearly every industry facing unprecedented change as a result of the pandemic, having an agile workforce has become more important than ever. Companies must adapt, and that requires upskilling and reskilling workers quickly. Success at that rests on a foundation of a robust skills framework.

Having an agile workforce has become more important than ever. Companies must adapt, and that requires upskilling and reskilling workers quickly.

Originally published on elearning.adobe.com June 8, 2020