Debate - Who should be responsible for re-skilling of employees?

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Employer understands up-skilling better

Akanksha Tripathi

Designation : -   HR Head

Organization : -  Xapads Media Pvt. Ltd, Noida


Employer understands up-skilling better

Upgrading the employees once taken on board, to make them ready for bigger and advanced challenges, is the responsibility of the employer. Businesses make regular investments to upgrade their machines, equipment, and facilities, but these investments bring desired returns when these upgraded systems handed over to the up-skilled employees.

The employer knows the organization better
People make an organisation productive and progressive if they have the required calibre, and if they don't have, then either there were flaws in the selection decision or they have been left for their own up-skilling. The question arises here, who knows better that what are the current and future demands of the organisation, employer or employee? Of course, the former entity. Secondly, what should be the prime up-skilling areas and what methods/tools should be applied to fulfil these objectives can be understood more accurately by the management rather than the employees concerned. It means to equip the employees with the right knowledge and skill set is the responsibility of the system they are the part of. Contrary to it, if skill enhancement becomes the onus of employees, then the focus will be shifted to individual development instead of organisational development.

Investment in assets is a sign of smart entrepreneurship
If employees are the assets of an organisation then investment in assets is a sign of smart entrepreneurship. Every profitable asset deserves due attention. Hence, every useful employee should be empowered with training and development activities to maximise his/her contribution to the growth of the organisation. Unfortunately, the present scenario is not at par the needs of the industry, and it is not a healthy sign neither for the industry and nor to its people. Overall, less than 10% companies are investing to re-skill their employees. While, on a priority basis, investment in training has to go up north because up-skilling programs for employees not only improve their performance but also raise their commitment and motivation level. From time management to quality control, special training programs help the employee to acquire skills that they were not offered in educational institutions and workplaces. Moreover, making them ready for future challenges and triggering their confidence to work across different and large teams are those potential benefits that can be reaped in company's customised skill development programmes only.

Motivation matters
Employers should motivate their workers to attend training and development programmes for their own growth. Instead of urging them for self - financed skills development programmes they should be induced to gain the maximum from the workshops and training that organisation conduct for them time to time. On the other hand, employees must show their agile behaviour; interest in learning new skills and spirit to garner vertical as well as horizontal growth. This kind of behaviour develops in them when they feel self - motivated and contented. Managers should assign them tasks that help them to discover their hidden talent and strengths. This realisation is possible only under the mentorship of an authentic coach or trainer who keeps their morale high along with skills enhancement.

Up-skilling is an investment, not expenditure
Apparently, up-skilling of the employees at the company's cost seems a risky decision, but one should not forget that intelligent employers are those who can see into the future returns that can be derived from upgrading the knowledge and skills of the employees. In fact, if one is good at cost - benefits analysis and has concrete business plans for the future, and then studies also reveal that investment in up-skilling helps to save the money of the businesses in the long run. Furthermore, organisations that are known for making investments in their employees have better chances of enticing the best talent of the industry. In a nutshell, employers should proactively invest on the up-skilling of their employees to ensure consistent growth.