6 Ways Technology Addresses Skills Shortages
<p>Technological developments have reshaped the nature of work. So, how can technology be leveraged to close skills gaps and stem staffing shortages? Technology can be used internally to upskill current employees to enhance their skill set or move them into a vacant role where they can thrive. It can also be used to scale workforces and supply skills shortages.&nbsp;</p> <p>Below we discuss six ways technology can remedy staffing issues while achieving organizational goals in a secure and trustworthy way.&nbsp;</p> <h2>1. Internal Talent and Employee Potential</h2> <p>Employee upskilling shouldn’t be approached the same way you might focus on your organization’s overall goals and objectives. Skills gaps and talent potential need to be identified individually for plans to be put in place for SMART growth. Employees should feel supported in their careers and professional development opportunities should be mapped out. In addition to learning new skills to keep up with technological developments, consider lateral and vertical career opportunities internal to your organization. The talent you need for a role or tasks could be staring you in the face. Jaines Andrades <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/10/us/janitor-to-nurse-practitioner-trnd/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">began work at a medical center in the USA as a janitor, where she now works as a nurse practitioner</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h2>2. Continuous Professional Development Opportunities</h2> <p>A <a href="https://www.accenture.com/_acnmedia/PDF-141/Accenture-Honing-your-Digital-Edge-POV.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">2020 Accenture Global Digital Fluency Study</a> shows that just 14% of companies are digitally mature. This means that business leaders have a lot of work to do to catch up with competitors in the new technology-enabled world of work. In the context of remote work, the study shows that one-third of workers use their own devices for work, and 25% of employees experience remote technology issues regularly. Not only do these figures highlight the importance of having company-wide remote work policies and resources in place, but they also show the (avoidable) potential for <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/partner/resources/blockchain-how-to-avoid-a-data-breach" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">data and security breaches</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h2>3. Expediting ‘Red Tape’ Processes</h2> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="1024" height="535" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/06/shutterstock_1653664015-1024x535.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-11866" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/06/shutterstock_1653664015-1024x535.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/06/shutterstock_1653664015-300x157.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/06/shutterstock_1653664015-768x401.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/06/shutterstock_1653664015.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>Reducing time-to-hire and overly bureaucratic processes</figcaption></figure> <p>For industries looking to scale quickly, modernizing overly bureaucratic processes helps organizations to close skills gaps quicker. Taking the healthcare industry as an example, countries that need to urgently fill medical roles from overseas face a lot of ‘red tape’. Candidates are being deployed much slower than necessary. Understanding mandatory processes and finding ways to shorten them is advantageous for employers and candidates alike. A great solution to reduce time-to-hire and lengthy processes is to engage with a talent pool of pre-verified candidates through innovative recruitment solutions like <a href="https://lp.trueprofile.io/recruit-medical-staff-free-trial/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">TrueProfile.io Recruiting</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. Digital Fluency</h2> <p>Workforce agility can be unlocked with digital technology fluency. What does this mean? Digital infrastructures and training allow employees to flourish alongside new technologies, creating opportunities to fill skills gaps internally while contributing to operational efficiency. Staff shortages in the healthcare industry contributed to the fastest growing area of healthcare,&nbsp; <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/partner/resources/the-rise-of-telemedicine-in-2020" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">telemedicine</a>. Virtual healthcare delivery requires staff to not only have the proper medical and professional skills, but they also need to have the proper training <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/partner/resources/telemedicine-emergency-fix-or-permanent-solution" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">to deliver their services via telemedicine safely</a>. Telemedicine has been a knight-in-shining-armor to supply geographies with staffing and specialist shortages,&nbsp;</p> <h2>5. Online Hiring Processes</h2> <p>International recruiters can lead job candidates through the hiring process without any in-person meetings. Remote hiring processes not only save on travel expenses for both parties but also speeds up the time-to-hire. Particularly for industries looking to stem staffing shortages with international talent, this recruiting strategy allows organizations to source talent from a broader global pool of skills for continuous business growth.</p> <h2>6. Scaling Workforces With Blockchain Technology</h2> <p>Blockchain has played a leading role in reducing time-to-hire and staff churn, securely speeding up hiring decisions, and scaling workforces quickly. How? Cutting-edge blockchain technology securely verifies an applicant’s qualifications for prospective employers, ensuring that the credentials are authenticated by an accredited institution. Having pre-verified candidates with authenticated credentials on the blockchain inspires employers with trust and confidence while expediting employment offers to close skills gaps. It’s also a great way to cancel out repetitive verifications, processing delays and reduce expenses.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are looking to hire pre-verified staff or want to find out how to verify new employees:</p> <p>– visit our dedicated<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/partner" target="_blank"> Partners</a> area<br>– or request your free 7-day trial of <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://lp.trueprofile.io/recruit-medical-staff-free-trial/" target="_blank">TrueProfile.io Recruiting</a> today.</p>