What skills do employees need as they return to the workplace after working from home due to COVID-19?

The World Economic Forum predicts that in the next four years we’ll see 85 million jobs displaced and 97 million new ones created. Many of those new roles will require brand new skills. This means that in order to succeed, organisations must be laser-focused on skill building.

LinkedIn’s fifth Workplace Learning Report states that 2021 will be all about rapid skill building at scale.

“In the fifth year of the Workplace Learning Report, we mark a pivotal moment in the industry. Gleaned from survey data, LinkedIn Learning platform insights, and industry news, one thing is crystal clear. Learning has taken center stage and is essential to help organizations develop the skills necessary to thrive and innovate in the new world of work.”

59% of L&D (Learning & Development) professionals globally said upskilling and reskilling are a top priority in 2021 — a 15% increase since June of 2020.

The key takeaways from the report are:

Skills are the currency of success in the new world of work.

Internal mobility is a key focus area – the ability to change jobs and grow within an organisation. The report shows that 51% of L&D pros see internal mobility as more of a priority now than before COVID-19. Employees stay two times longer at companies with high internal mobility compared to those that don’t.

Measuring the impact of learning.

Companies have begun to re-evaluate how they measure the impact of learning. 27% of L&D pros globally report using employee survey scores to measure the impact of learning, up from just 16% last year. And that number jumps to 43% in the UK.

Find out more from LinkedIn’s Workplace Learning Report 2021