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Skills mismatch in the workplace

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To achieve maximum benefits and maintain a standard of efficiency, employers must avail themselves of the opportunity to train the young workforce.

It has been observed that a lot has to be done with the education system which has not kept pace with the times by way of syllabuses, competent teachers and research plans. There is a clear gap between industry requirements and academic output. Therefore, companies must take development measures to bridge the talent mismatch.

For instance, businesses today spend millions on skilling and re-skilling professionals both at entry and senior management levels. They adopt a mass model that uses both classroom and technology. However, any practical training at mass level is not a very good idea, as competency enhancement can be done better through the use of individual training or training in small groups.

If you take the UAE standards into consideration, there is obviously a capability mismatch at the middle and senior levels. Talent and leadership management in some companies in the country has not kept pace with the country's high growth and the needs of innovative and fast-paced organisations. Most organisations tend to move people internally without giving them adequate training or mentoring to take on huge roles. When companies hire laterally, the mismatch comes by way of differences in culture and value system. When the wrong person is assigned a bigger role, the company ends up losing the right people and the business.

One clear mismatch at the top level is the lack of business sense. This is because some executives come from a non-financial or administrative background. Proper training, therefore, should be practised in all the functional areas of the business for people to acquire leadership and other skills.

Handy Hints:

• Identify the task-relevant maturity of your team players

• Match the job requirements to the abilities of your staff

• Assign the smaller tasks to newer staff to build competence

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Source: Dr. Pon Mohaideen Pitchai, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is a Dubai-based HR and Management Consultant