Imasogie-Adigun, A Human Resource expert who is the group head, Human Resources, Sahara Group, said this while addressing Human Capital professionals at a session on ‘Strategies to ensure workforce learn ability.’
She said public and private organisations in Africa needed to respond to growing digital disruptions by creating a process that identified a candidate’s learning agility right from the hiring process as “a person’s learnability quotient is a great predictor of future success in the work place.”
She went further to define ‘Learnability’ as an individual’s ability to acquire new skills efficiently in the shortest time possible.
According to her, the impact of globalisation makes it imperative for employees to vigorously and deliberately pursue self-directed development initiatives that equip them with new skills beyond their current core areas of expertise.
She added, “Today, new skills have emerged that are quite different from what was needed about five years ago. LinkedIn’s talent research shows that half of today’s most in-demand skills weren’t even on the list a few years ago. As such, it is imperative that there is a drive towards constant upskilling for continued relevance.”
Sharing the Sahara Group experience, she said businesses could enhance the capacity and adaptability of their people by hiring for ‘learnability,’ making learning a key talent strategy, investing in new technologies, rewarding personal development achievements and creating a sustainable knowledge exchange framework that could be updated periodically.
“At Sahara Group where our business traverses the entire energy value chain, ‘learnability’ is one of our critical employee selection criteria as it speaks to spontaneity and novelty.
Employees must be supported to learn either via learning hubs or e-learning platforms to promote knowledge acquisition across all levels in the organisation. It is also imperative for organisations to encourage the creation of an informal social platform where knowledge flows freely and can be accessed seamlessly,” she concluded.