Elsewhere, the data also found that there has a been a 50% spike in organisations moving in-person trainings to a virtual, online format.
As more businesses come to terms with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the fact that more staff layoffs may be necessary in order to help an organisation survive, Cornerstone’s research highlighted real concerns of employees.
According to 2019 research, workers admitted to fearing that they lack the skills to keep them on board; more than half of employees surveyed by Cornerstone OnDemand said that they aren’t skilled enough to avoid a layoff. Of the 1,000 respondents surveyed, 83% stated that they believed it is essential to improve professional skills, while 53% of Millennials said that their employers help them identify the skills they need.
While many employers have been fearful of new digital concepts in the past, the current pandemic has shown that employees and HR shouldn’t fear chance and should therefore embrace it where possible. This is a notion echoed by Geoffroy de Lestrange, Product Marketing & Communication Director EMEA at Cornerstone OnDemand. He told HR Grapevine that in particular, this crisis has shown that employers shouldn’t be fearful of embracing virtual learning in order to help employees brush up on new skills needed for remote work.
“This crisis has taught us to not fear change in the way we work, to adapt and to innovate fast. Digital learning has been a lifeline for many employers to ensure their people are able to go on this journey through the unknown together,” he explained. “Some employees have had to brush up on skills which helps them work more effectively remotely or adapt their management style to manage a fully remote team. Other employees have upskilled and reskilled to support their organisation which has had to rapidly roll out new services and products.”
He added that there is an even split between both employers encouraging online learning and employees seeking it out for themselves to upskill, indicating that the current lockdown has prompted more professionals to learn new skills to help their future career in an uncertain time.
He stated: “Many factors have driven up digital learning. For starters, Cornerstone data reveals a 50% increase in companies moving in-person training to a virtual format. We’ve also seen both push and pull with organisations directing their people to learning content, as well as employees searching for it online.”
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