If you ask the leadership of most industries, they’ll all say they’re working to close some kind of skills gap. Even in a global economy in which people lack jobs, the skills gap is real and demonstrable. The Manpower Group’s 2015 Talent Shortage Survey surveyed 41,700 hiring managers in 42 countries and found that 38 percent of respondents revealed they’re having difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill jobs. The common wisdom is that this gap comes from the availability of qualified hires, and the depth of the talent pool; however, it could be possible that the skills gap issue is actually the result of the challenges and disconnect that occur within organizations. To put it simply, when roles grow in scope, an employee may not be prepared to grow with it, leaving both managers and workers dissatisfied because job qualifications aren’t being met. One piece of evidence for this is a Gallup poll that found a full 50 percent of employees don’t know what’s expected of them at work. To combat this, employees must be given regular training to hone the skills they need, and their roles must be clearly communicated to them.
The Skills Gap Might Be an Internal Phenomenon