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32% of respondents said that their experience with their current employer during the pandemic has motivated them to request for re-skilling and upskilling support. 

Randstad - the world’s leading human resources solutions agency - today released the results of the H1 2021 Workmonitor survey in Singapore. The survey highlights the greatest challenges candidates currently face in the employment market across different industries. 

respondents need more reskilling and support programmes to thrive in the next normal

27% of respondents in Singapore want their employers to provide more reskilling opportunities to meet employers expectations. 24% also wish for more support programmes to improve their skills or to adapt to the new work environment and job market.

Only 15% of respondents said that their employer had implemented more reskilling opportunities during the pandemic to bridge the skills gaps.
 

continuous skills development
continuous skills development

The role of employers is to make working life for employees as enjoyable and as fulfilling as possible. This means providing not only employees’ development but also support to resolve the challenges they face in their career, such as their worries about their employability and how their jobs will be impacted by the pandemic and rapid digitalisation. When we remove the barriers for them, employees will not only be able to perform much better at work, but also be more loyal and committed to the company’s success.

companies should continue to support employees’ digital learning and welfare

63% of locally-based respondents are satisfied with their current employer.  

More specifically, respondents shared that their employers have implemented training programmes around technology and other welfare initiatives to keep them safe and employed. The top five initiatives that local employers have implemented since the start of the pandemic are: 
 

top five initiatives local employers have implemented

Strict and clear protocols for on-site and remote working 56%
Policies on work hours to help workers keep a proper work-life balance 27%
More training around technology 24%
Regular surveys of employees about their well-being and perception of the organisation 23%
A hotline for mental and physical health 18%

Updating HR policies to reflect the new way of work is a great way for employers to demonstrate their long-term commitment to the workforce beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Their efforts to protect and retain their workers have led to the latter’s decision to stick by their employers through good and bad times, a clear affirmation of the importance of a positive work experience in creating high retention rates. The implementation of such initiatives is the right thing to do for employees and it also just makes tangible business sense.

The Randstad 1H Workmonitor survey was conducted in March 2021 across 34 markets around the world with a minimum of 400 respondents in each market.

Companies should kickstart their employees' performance enablement and upskilling strategy with new approaches to cope up with the evolving skills requirements for the jobs of tomorrow. If you are looking to arm your workforce with a set of skilled talent pools, you can get in touch with us.

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download the 1H 2021 workmonitor report.