You’re getting towards the end of the year, planning performance reviews, finalizing investment and strategizing for 2022, but there’s one critical piece missing.
You know you have to hire a bunch of new staff next year, you know that your team is eager to upskill and progress their careers. You know that you need to provide better support for new hires, but you’re missing that key snippet of information.
A clear, accessible view of employee, team and organization-wide skill gaps (and strengths!).
Luckily for you, we’re here with a 7 point checklist to kickstart your skills gap analysis.
And one of the biggest takeaways? Get started now, so you’re ready to act with confidence in the new year.
Skills Gap Analysis Checklist
Define an organization-authored assessment methodology
An organization-authored assessment is a common framework that helps ensure that all employees are assessed equally and consistently. This improves both fairness and accuracy, and facilitates the ability to effectively compare entities such as employees, teams, roles and locations.
Create a fit-for-purpose skills inventory
A skills inventory is a centralized and structured database of skills data, qualifications and employee attributes that helps to create a unified understanding of skills within an organization.
Add context and groupings to skills data
Skills shouldn’t sit in isolation, but rather should be mapped to all the necessary entities within your organization. It’s all about being as relevant as possible, and putting in the effort early to get the desired, longer term results.
Provide a fixed, universal numeric rating scheme
A fixed universal numeric rating scheme declares an organization-wide, standardized methodology for measuring ability that will apply to all employees, and all skills, creating a level playing field and ensuring all data is compatible. This allows data to be combined, compared, and “slice and diced” in any direction.
Specify the criteria for each rating via a detailed description
Defining a detailed criteria for each rating within the organizational rating scheme guides employees in their assessments by providing a set of rules and references.
Conduct an employee self-assessment
An employee-conducted self-assessment provides first-hand data of the employee’s perceived abilities. This method not only provides an accurate “first-cut” of information, it also significantly reduces the effort, time and administration required in establishing a skills management repository by distributing the data entry load amongst all employees. This results in rapid results that are both current and accurate.
Perform an additional, supervisor-conducted assessment
A second supervisor-conducted skills assessment of the employee serves to review, verify and validate the employee responses. The supervisor responses should not generally be used to override the employee’s, but rather combine to achieve a weighted assessment. This serves to further increase the accuracy of the data.
A Timeline For Your Skills Gap Analysis
Becoming a skills based team or organization can be a daunting task. When starting from scratch we suggest beginning smaller– focusing on a team, or a department within your organization. From there you can prove the ROI and outcomes, manage change and then expand broader across your organization.
As we head into the end of 2021, here is a quick high level timeline that you can think about working to. It’s worth noting that each and every business and team will be at different stages.
Week 1 to 2 - Creating a skills inventory
The first two weeks of your timeline should be dedicated to getting your skills data right. Make sure that your skills inventory is relevant, has the right naming structures, descriptions and that your workforce will understand.
Week 3 to 4 - Create data relationships and rhythms
The next two weeks should be about ensuring that any data relationships are correct. Skills should be correctly linked to the right people, teams, roles, and office locations to ensure that you can properly perform skills gap analysis at a later date.
In this time, you also want to begin communicating the value to your team. Letting them know what is coming, what to expect and the outcomes of the assessment process. Take them along for the journey!
Week 4 to 6 - Invite and perform initial assessments
After your setup and configuration is complete, now is the time to sit back and invite your selected teams to begin their assessments. The goal here is to continue communicating value to ensure a very high completion rate.
Week 7 - Analyze results of first assessment
When the assessment data is in, now you’re ready to start analyzing the results and understand your skills gaps. If you’re lucky enough to be using Skills Base, these insights can be automatically displayed at an individual, team, location, role or organization-wide level.
Week 8 and beyond - Keep it going!
After building the cadence for your first assessment process, it’s important that you keep it going to the rhythms of your business. The more assessment data points you get, the more detailed insights you can get on changes in an individual’s skill levels, gaps across teams, or across your business
Whether you’re starting from scratch or you’ve already got an established skills inventory, it can seem like a lot to do. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. If you need to get started on your skills gap analysis, schedule a demo with the team today.