Crisis makes staff rethink skill sets

Written by Corporate Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 13 2009, 04:54am hrs
Over one-third employees of Indiasactive workforcefeel that their HR departments have not helped them reach theirjob relatedgoals and believe that the training currently provided by their employers would not meet their future career needs, according to global human resource firm Kelly Services workforce survey. The HR firm interviewed 5,000 people in India in the age group of 18 to65 across sectors. Of the sample base, 90% of respondents in India also feel insecure about the level of work related training they have received so far andsaid that their present level of training seems grossly inadequate to survive in the prevailing competitive work environment.

The workplace survey highlights that nine out of ten Indian respondents believe their current skills will be outdated within five years. The survey reflects that employees across age groups have put emphasis on training and skill development to further their career goals in a rapidly changing labour market. Of the sample, 69% of respondents thought that training should be a joint responsibility between an employer and employee. More than half of those surveyed (52%) preferred on-the-job training followed by another 33% opting for professional development courses. Only 13% of respondents chose to be trained in the form of self-initiated learning and 3% opted for formal university or college qualifications.

While more women respondents preferred on-the-job training and more men preferred professional development courses as the best method to upgrade their skills, a Kelly statement said.

It is the current economic environment that has made people well aware of their skills and whether the existing skill set would be sufficient to survive the recession and beyond, into a period of economic recovery said Dhiren Shantilal, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Kelly Services. Shantilal feels that training may not seem a priority in the present economic climate, but organizations that devote the resources will be more likely to see higher productivity and profitability in future.