3 Ways HRMS Software Can Bridge Your Employee Skills Gap

There are many advantages to having an HRMS: easier record keeping and reporting, a data source for downstream integrations as well as providing visibility to HR data for employees and managers. In addition to these advantages, there is an additional, perhaps unexpected, bonus provided by an HRMS: when used strategically it can help to improve employee skills within your workforce. Are you maximizing your HRMS to improve the skillset of your workforce? Here’s a list of areas to think about:

Proactive Training Recomendations

Do your employees use your LMS section of your HRMS to search for training? *The LMS should not be an off-limits black box used only for back office administration. Any employee should be able to view and search the training catalog as well as have training recommended based on job level or past training.

An LMS can be a rich source of data for analysis: if you have the basic employee data combined with core HRMS data, you’ll be able to highlight discrepancies and offer training to employees. Has a high potential employee been identified? Target these employees in proactive training campaigns to ensure that the employees skills develop and the individual is ready to perform.

The Identification of Employee Skill Gaps

Nothing is more disheartening than applying for a position internally but getting passed over due to a lack of skills. Employees will be more motivated to work on skills when you provide transparency via your recruitment system as to what employee skills are needed for an open position as well as for the progression up the career ladder. Much of this data is available to recruiters, so it is only a matter of enabling that visibility for employees.

Promote Cross-Training & Social Collaboration

Often, informal knowledge sharing can be the most effective way to build synergies between employees with differing levels of skills. If you provide a platform where employees can connect to each other or announce work accomplishments, fellow employees will seek them out to gain more knowledge and experience about a topic. As well, social collaboration enables employees to highlight the accomplishments of other employees, further contributing to potential learning opportunities.

Employee skill gaps can leave your company relying heavily on external recruitment. When implementing HRMS, you will often find that the HRMS cost associated with internal training is lower than that of external recruitment.

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Heather Batyski

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Heather is an experienced HRMS analyst, consultant and manager. Having worked for companies such as Deloitte, Franklin Templeton and Oracle, Heather has first-hand experience of many HRMS solutions including Peoplesoft and Workday.

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Heather Batyski