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Increasing employer adaptability with skills agility

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Skills Revolution: Increasing employer adaptability with skills agility

The HR and talent acquisition community is experiencing a major shift in talent management. The days of job-specific recruiting may be falling to the wayside, as more organizations embrace a skills-first approach to recruitment and career development.

As new innovations carve their way into the field of talent acquisition and people success, organizations face new or increasingly complex challenges of upskilling or reskilling their existing workforce, and assessing for specific skills and aptitudes during the hiring process. To become more resilient and adaptable in light of these new innovations, economic fluctuations, and other factors, employers are shifting toward a skills-first approach for hiring, career development, internal mobility, and retention.

University of Pretoria Associate Professor, Department of Human Resources Management Pieter Schaap and Symphony Talent Assessment Program Director Kara Polk uncover the growing shift toward a skills-first approach to HR and talent acquisition. 

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The psychology behind promoting employee engagement in spite of rapidly shifting job requirements, as uncovered by Schaap and other researchers in a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology 
  • How assessments support enhanced employee agility and engagement and the impact that has on improving employer adaptability and resilience
  • How University of Pretoria addressed language proficiency and other targeted skills
  • The types of skills your team should assess, monitor, and manage (and how often)

Our speakers

Kara Polk, PhD

Program Director, Assessments

Pieter Schaap

Associate Professor, Department of Human Resources Management, University of Pretoria
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