How to find your employees’ best skills

Skills-utilisationGetting to know someone, personally or professionally, takes valuable time that modern business simply doesn’t allow.

When recruiting new staff, or if business needs are changing and the only way forward is to adapt the roles of existing workers, finding out the skill sets, strengths, and weaknesses of every employee is vital so they can have the best possible impact on the business in their role.

Talking to HR Aspects about how to do this quickly and cost-effectively is Charlotte Gallagher, founder and managing director of Cheshire-based HR firm P3 People Management, who believes that skills utilisation is vital for business success.

“According to a recent survey of UK businesses, one in five employees in small businesses are ‘under-utilised’. Whilst some companies are holding on to workers that may have become surplus to requirements, there are also many employees who boast skill sets that their employers are totally unaware of.”

“Too many businesses are not aware of the level of skill employees have and failure to make the most of the skills they have employed could put them at a competitive disadvantage to others that use skills more effectively.”

“Skills utilisation is about using the workforce you have more effectively. First and foremost you need to find out what those skills are and then match them up to your requirements. This can be done through a thorough recruitment process, especially on assessment days, through team building exercises, or through personal audits.”

“Recruit staff for a specific job, but make sure you learn as much as you can about them, as they may have other skills unknown to you that could provide you with that little bit extra i.e. a Russian speaking administrator who could assist on global project, sales staff who build websites in their own time who could assist in a face lift for the company’s site etc. Don’t write anybody off, as you may find highly valuable niches in unexpected places.”

P3’s team of HR consultants boast a collective experience of over 55 years. HR Aspects appreciates the contribution of their Founder and Managing Director Charlotte Gallagher.

For more on skills utilisation, call 0161 941 2426 or email