In a new study about upskilling and reskilling, managers ranked leadership as the second most wanted skill they felt their teams were missing, but employees say that’s the skill they’ve grasped the most. (Credit: Olivier Le Moal/

In recent years there’s been a great deal of chatter about “upskilling” and “reskilling.” A Mercer Global Talent Trends report from 2019 showed that reskilling training programs moved up in priority for executives from ninth position to third, with insurance executives putting it at the top of their own priority list. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the urgency for companies to include these efforts, as demands in the workplace continue to shift and employees require different skillsets to adapt.

So what is the current state of upskilling and reskilling training, as far as both employers and employees are concerned? To answer that question, TalentLMS teamed up with Workable and Training Journal to survey 282 high-ranking decision-makers in various companies, asking whether or not they’ve upskilled or reskilled their workforce and if those efforts have been beneficial. The team also asked 400 full-time employees in the U.S. to share their opinions about these initiatives.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.

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