HR Myth #3: Your LMS does Talent Building

Mt. Everest

Imagine that you have booked a trip to climb Mt. Everest. A company representative meets you at the airport in Nepal, hands you a map, and sends you on your way. “Good luck.”

You’re probably not going to make it.

And that’s how many companies treat employees when it comes to reaching upskilling goals. They point to a learning management system (LMS) and send employees on their way.

“Good luck.”

Self-Directed Learning Doesn’t Work

The Harvard Business Review calls this “unconscious incompetence” — workers don’t know that they don’t have the right skills because there’s no assessment in place to provide benchmarking and guidance.

If they don’t know what they don’t know, how are employees supposed to create their own learning plan?

And only nine percent of HR respondents said they’re confident that employees can guide their own learning journeys effectively (Randstat Risesmart)

It doesn’t help that more than 70 percent of employees don’t even know if their employer offers access to online education platforms.

Leaders Don’t Know How to Upskill

To get back to our Mt. Everest exhibition, this is like having an actual guide that has never climbed the mountain.

Upskilling Programs Not Aligned

Upskilling vs. Talent-Building

If leaders and workers alike need upskilling and don’t know it, what’s needed is a comprehensive talent-building strategy to enable on-the-job upskilling aligned with business needs and goals. An end-to-end talent-building solution would enable businesses to tackle their skills gap with intelligence and provide the guidance that leaders and workers need to:

  • Set upskilling business goals and measure outcomes
  • Identify the necessary skills and the best programs to teach them
  • Create skills roadmaps for all employees
  • Allocate and manage time to learn for your employees
  • Track costs and ROI to continuously improve

It’s been said that if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re already there.

In other words, you’re lost. That’s not an ideal state for businesses looking to thrive in an era with the shelf life of skills is down to three years. If you’re lost in the woods, you need a guide to lead you out. Don’t just look for an LMS. Look for a comprehensive talent-building solution.

By Deeps Ramanathan

CMO, Learn In

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