Almost half of Aussie employees are actively seeking opportunities to upskill – are you one of
Independent research by specialised recruiter Robert Half has revealed that 49% of Australian employers say employees have asked for training and professional development opportunities to improve their capability in their current position; a result of the combination of constantly evolving technologies and a heightened focus on productivity.
It seems employees are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to addressing their skills development – but thankfully the findings revealed the majority of employers prefer to upskill and reskill existing workers than hire new staff, with 81% confirming that reskilling improves their team’s productivity.
What employees want
In the past six months, requests to Australian employers have looked like this:
49% say employees have requested training to upskill in new competencies for their current role
47% say they have been asked to provide reskilling opportunities so that workers can perform new roles or take on new responsibilities within the organisation
33% say they have been asked to introduce mentoring programs
26% say they have been asked to enable job rotations that cross-train employees
Nicole Gorton, director at Robert Half, adds to the findings: “We know that driving organisational transformation hinges on how well a business can engage and upskill its workforce to adopt and embrace change. A company’s learning and development program is an important differentiator to help achieve this and allows employees to feel equipped to do their best work and stay intellectually challenged.”