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Skills-Based Practices: A Journey Map for Employers

This document is a one-stop guide to help employers build business agility, workforce diversity, and resilience through skills-based talent practices. It includes business cases for a skills-based approach and resources to assess a company’s maturity and readiness to identify and adopt specific skills-based talent practices.

Updated 3/6/2024

Yesterday’s talent practices can’t meet tomorrow’s business needs.

Skills-based talent practices can help companies match employee capabilities to business needs with greater accuracy, cost effectiveness, and agility while building a more diverse, inclusive, and productive workforce.

In our work with more than 100 employers implementing skills-based talent practices, JFF commonly encountered two questions: “How am I doing?” and “What should I do next?”

To answer these questions, we have developed a resource called “Skills-Based Talent Practices: A Journey Map for Employers” that will help business leaders do the following:

  • Make the business case for skills-based talent practices
  • Assess the maturity of their current skills-based talent practices across seven criteria: job requirements, sourcing strategies, candidate assessment, hiring protocols, post-hire support, advancement opportunities, and organizational culture
  • Identify specific next steps toward more sophisticated approaches based on their current level of maturity
  • Determine organizational readiness for skill-based talent practices across four factors: vision, organizational buy-in, dedicated capacity, and implementation strategy

It also includes an extensive list of additional resources that can help them as they progress on their skills-based journeys.

One of the greatest challenges in any new endeavor can be determining where to take the next step. Our journey map will help you make the right choices.

Let’s get started!