How often do we hear that people are an organization’s greatest asset? Or that organizations need to future-proof themselves by reskilling or upskilling their people so that they are equipped with the knowledge they need to do the jobs that will be needed in future? The reality is that we are frequently bombarded with messages about the importance of development, education, knowledge, learning and skills.
Often the onus seems to be on individuals to develop themselves, however, which explains the recent explosion in business self-help books. Employers, which ultimately benefit from having skilled employees, often fail to invest adequately in learning and development – even though this lack of investment is a hindrance to their ability to recruit, retain and motivate talented staff and could impede their success in future.