How to identify a skills gap in your organisation 

No matter how big or how small your organisation, ensuring you have a highly skilled and comprehensive workforce in place is essential if your venture is going to be as successful as possible. If there are key skills missing from your business, you may well struggle to take on the competition and achieve your professional goals.

However, identifying a skills gap in a business can be easier said than done. Finding out exactly which specialities are lacking can take time, time that a lot of business owners simply don’t have. To help you find – and fill – the skills gap in your organisation, we’re taking a look at how you can identify the missing link in your business and take steps to put things right.

Identify your company’s goals

The skills you need in your organisation will vary depending on your company’s goals. If you’re trying to boost sales, people with a gift for selling will be essential. However, if you’re looking to innovate new products, create original and unique branding ideas or push the boundaries of your field, the skills your workforce will need will be very different.

Once you’ve got a clear idea of where your company is going, it should be easier to identify the areas where your workforce is struggling to excel.

Survey your existing employees

A lot of the time, especially in larger organisations, it’s the people on the ground who are best positioned to identify a skills gap. More often than not, your employees will know exactly which areas your business is struggling in. Asking for their thoughts and opinions should give you a good idea of your business’ strengths and weaknesses.

 

Hand out a survey to your employees or split them into small groups and talk to them face to face. Ask them where they think your organisation is lacking skills or expertise and what they think needs to be done to address the issue. If a number of employees identify the same areas, this should give you a pretty good idea of where your skills gap may lie.

Fill the gap

Once you’ve identified your business goals and got a clearer idea of your company’s weaknesses, finding the right person to fill your skills gap should be easy. In some cases, providing your company with the relevant resources may require hiring more than one or two new employees. In rare instances, you may even have to create entirely new departments to bolster your workforce and give your organisation the skills it needs to succeed.

Whether you need to hire one highly trained professional or a new team of motivated and innovative staff in order to fill your skills gap, we can help. Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more.