Open and honest communication is vital to make skills realignment a positive experience. Changes can be difficult and highly personal. Verbalize with conviction the desired business outcomes – boldly and clearly – to all stakeholders. For your employees to embrace these changes fully, they must be excited about the future. In particular, they need to see how these changes would allow them to help achieve the greater purpose of the organization.
Admit it could be difficult. However, remind your employees about why you are doing it. You want to build on and invest in your current talent pool, while ensuring organizational success.
Lead by Example. This initiative must be led and fully supported by the leader of the organization and the entire executive team, not just HR. You need to commit to an ongoing training budget. Protect it. Cutting/reducing this budget is really delaying the cost while making your business less competitive.
Use it as a genuine opportunity to improve yourself and your team. As leaders of the organization, you should take part in upskilling too. Be available to train others whenever possible.