puzzle piecesA report from Lumesse, sampling over 750 HR leaders from around the world, determined that 39 percent of HR leaders worldwide and 35 percent of those in the U.S. are incapable of sufficiently preparing their workforces for skills soon to be in-demand. As a result, 32 percent of employees globally and 26 percent in the U.S. feel insecure in their jobs. Additionally, 82 percent of respondents globally and 74 percent from the U.S. said that employees must learn more and faster to remain successful in their roles compared to five years ago. However, 51 percent of overall HR leaders and 38 percent in the U.S. said that they are incapable of delivering the right training and knowledge to employees for successfully performing their roles.

Thomas Berglund, director of learning at Lumesse, said, “With 75% of HR leaders agreeing that organizational change is happening globally much faster than just five years ago, HR professionals are being asked to achieve more with much less, and to do it right now. To overcome this challenge, HR leaders need to adopt more agile learning strategies that respond incredibly quickly to change and that are easy to deploy across intuitive technology platforms that employees trust. Doing so will help organizations and HR leaders to minimize the disconnect and time delay between skill needs being identified and learning deployed.”

Other key findings include:

• 10 percent of leaders overall and 17 percent in the U.S. believe HR is perceived as an “extremely useful partner” in skills development.

• 71 percent of HR leaders globally and 69 percent in the U.S. believe that HR is perceived by employees as providing only the bare minimum skills required to succeed.

• 40 percent of global HR leaders and 39 percent of U.S. leaders say that employees would not seek HR assistance if they were required to quickly develop new skills.

• Most employees consider their colleagues a more valuable resource for new knowledge and skills than internal learning management systems.


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