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5 Reasons to Build a Skills-Based Organization

What do skills-based hiring and development bring to an organization? We look at 5 key reasons why organizations are leveraging a skills-based approach.

What Are Skills-Based Organizations?

A skills-based organization is one that places a strong emphasis on identifying, developing, and utilizing the skills and abilities of its workforce. In a skills-based organization, the focus is on the capabilities and competencies of individuals rather than experience, traditional job roles or hierarchical structures.

This approach aims to maximize the potential of employees and align their skills with the goals and needs of the organization. By adopting a skills-based approach, organizations aim to create a more adaptable, efficient, and innovative workforce that can effectively navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing business landscape.

5 Reasons to Build a Skills-Based Organization

There are several reasons for organizations to consider transitioning to a skills-based approach, here are just 5 of them:

  1. Talent Acquisition and Skills-Based Hiring

    In an era where talent shortages are common, focusing on the specific skills needed for success in roles can enable organizations to attract and acquire talent more effectively. This approach can increase talent pools, streamline the recruitment process and improve the quality of hires.

    Companies that hire for skills increase their talent pipeline by 9.4 times¹

  2. Enhanced Employee Engagement

    Through personal and professional development, employees are likely to be more engaged when they see their organizations investing in their skills development. A skills-based culture fosters a commitment to continuous learning—contributing to employee satisfaction and retention.

    Companies are 98% more likely to retain high performers if they adopt a skills-based approach.²

  3. Efficient Talent Management and an Optimized Workforce

    A skills-based approach allows organizations to identify and leverage the specific skills required for tasks or projects. This leads to better resource allocation, reduced skill gaps, and improved overall workforce efficiency.

    Companies are 107% more likely to place talent effectively if they adopt a skills-based approach.²

  4. Cost Savings and Resource Optimization

    By undergoing a skills-based talent audit of individuals and teams, organizations can optimize their workforce, reducing the costs associated with hiring, training, and retaining employees who may not possess the required skills to take the business forward.

    Companies that adopt a skills-based approach are 63% more likely to achieve results than those who don’t.²

  5. Adaptability and Agility through Rapid Changes

    In today’s fast-paced business environment—technology, market conditions, and customer preferences change quickly. A skills-based organization can adapt more readily to these changes by focusing on developing and utilizing relevant skills.

    Organizations with a skills-based approach are 57% more likely to anticipate change and respond effectively and efficiently.²

For more reasons to build a skills-based organization, check out our useful explainer that can help you be your organization’s skills champion and communicate the benefits of a skills-based approach to the rest of your organization.



¹ LinkedIn, 2022

² Deloitte, 2022

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Matt Kirk

Matt Kirk leads SHL’s Global Early Careers, Professional, and Managerial Solutions from the head office in the UK. He has worked within the industry for over 20 years, started with SHL in 2004, and spent nearly 10 years partnering with some of the world’s biggest and most admired brands to design and implement award-winning solutions. Prior to his return to SHL in 2021, Matt spent over six years at Korn Ferry PLC. Matt’s experience includes conceptualizing, creating, and productizing Talent Acquisition platforms and recruitment solutions that incorporate candidate sourcing, chatbots, AI, talent insights, assessments, and video interviewing.

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