Taking Stock of Your Company’s Talent

- Agile HR

by Management 3.0

Everyone’s talking about skills mapping and at Management 3.0 we wanted to delve into why. As a company that places importance on agility in HR, we think it’s key to take stock of your organinzation’s employees, just like you would its finances, or anything else essential to keep the company running smoothly and to foster an environment of trust.

So let’s Start With, What Skills Mapping Is:

Skills mapping refers to creating a visual representation of the skills needed to perform well in any role. You compare this with the existing skills of the organization’s employees and the comparison allows you to identify gaps in the workforce. It’s a great way to provide insight for the team and to evaluate a team’s effectiveness.

What is The Purpose of Skills Mapping?

Skills mapping is to human resources what budgets are to the finance department. It’s the keeping track of human skills. Without this, it’s hard to know where the strengths and weaknesses lie and who can tackle which challenge.

While not exactly the same, at Management 3.0 we have something called Personal Maps, which allows us to get to know our colleagues in a more intimate way. It doesn’t specifically delve into skill sets, but it does give us a window into one another and lets us learn things that we wouldn’t have known without playing the game.

The process of skills mapping forces you to ask questions. Such as:

#1: Is every job necessary for the company to run smoothly?

#2: Are employees qualified to be in the positions they’re in?

#3: Should employees be receiving more or less training?

#4: What is the potential for internal/upward mobility?

At Management 3.0 our Agility in HR workshop delves into a lot of these things including helping people understand the importance of hiring and keeping great people, ensuring teams are happy and embracing diversity.

It’s the job of HR professionals to steer employees on the right path and through workshops like Agility in HR as well as practices, such as skills mapping, people can do that.

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