What Are Creative Solutions to Address Skill Shortages as a Human Resources Manager?


    What Are Creative Solutions to Address Skill Shortages as a Human Resources Manager?

    Facing a critical skills shortage in your workforce can be daunting, but innovative HR professionals have solutions. From launching internal apprenticeship programs to introducing rotational skill development initiatives, we've compiled four creative strategies shared by leading HR experts. Discover how a Recruitment Team Lead and a Head of Human Resources tackle this pressing issue.

    • Launch Internal Apprenticeship Program
    • Implement Mentorship for Skill Gaps
    • Adopt Data-Driven Recruitment Strategy
    • Introduce Rotational Skill Development Program

    Launch Internal Apprenticeship Program

    To tackle a shortage in critical skills within our workforce, I implemented a creative solution by launching an internal apprenticeship program. I paired experienced employees with newer staff, creating a hands-on learning environment. This approach allowed us to develop essential skills directly on the job, tailored to our specific needs.

    Seeing the experienced employees take on mentoring roles was incredibly rewarding. It not only helped bridge the skills gap but also fostered a stronger sense of camaraderie and teamwork. The apprentices gained valuable insights and practical knowledge, while the mentors felt a renewed sense of purpose and pride in their work.

    This program has not only addressed our skills shortage but also enhanced overall morale and productivity, making our team more cohesive and resilient. It's been one of the most fulfilling initiatives I've been a part of.

    Ana Alipat
    Ana AlipatRecruitment Team Lead, Dayjob Recruitment

    Implement Mentorship for Skill Gaps

    As the CEO of Startup House, I've found that one creative solution to address a shortage in critical skills within our workforce is to implement a mentorship program. By pairing experienced employees with those who are lacking in certain skills, we create a supportive environment for learning and growth. This not only helps to bridge the skills gap but also fosters a sense of community and collaboration within the team. Plus, it's a great way for our employees to learn from each other and develop new skills in a hands-on, practical way.

    Alex Stasiak
    Alex StasiakCEO & Founder, Startup House

    Adopt Data-Driven Recruitment Strategy

    Over the past 12 months, we needed to scale up rapidly to meet our growth goals. In particular, we needed to recruit more digital roles, such as developers, where there is a lot of competition in the market. Worryingly, data from The Josh Bersin Company suggests that time-to-hire is now 40% higher than pre-pandemic. We needed digital skills quickly to avoid our growth being impacted.

    To ensure we got the right skills at speed, we implemented a data-driven, skills-based approach to recruitment. This involves profiling the behavioral and technical skills required for success in each role, using multiple data sources to ensure accuracy. These include manager feedback, industry data, job specifications, and employee surveys.

    We could then build online assessments based on these profiles to evaluate how well candidates align with the skill requirements, as well as ascertain whether they're aligned with our company’s values. Because candidates were assessed according to the quantifiable skills required for success in a role early on, we were able to rapidly rank applicants based on their suitability for the role.

    All of this reduced bureaucracy and provided a much faster and more effective hiring process. Our time-to-hire was much lower than the industry average, and we successfully filled all the roles ahead of schedule, growing our headcount by 5x.

    Mark Chalmers
    Mark ChalmersHead of People & Talent, Spotted Zebra

    Introduce Rotational Skill Development Program

    We addressed the critical skills shortage by introducing a rotational program where employees worked in different departments and across different roles for a set period. As a result, employees developed a broader understanding of the company's operations and began learning new skills.

    We further complemented this by providing a structured training facility with a dedicated session on each operating department. In order to ensure continuous improvement, we incorporated feedback loops at regular intervals to find and address the skills gaps effectively and in a timely manner. These initiatives were greatly appreciated by the employees for the opportunity to expand their skill base and exposure to explore newer avenues in their career journey.

    This, in turn, improved employee morale and helped departments work more cohesively. As a result, we saw a 25% increase in skill-set proficiency and a more agile workforce capable of meeting the dynamic business needs.

    Sunaree Komolchomalee
    Sunaree KomolchomaleeHead of Human Resources, Cupid Digital PR Agency