Whether you realize it or not, one third of your employees may believe they are overqualified for the work you have them doing. At the same time, many believe they would benefit from additional training to improve both "hard" and "soft" skills. That's the verdict from the Work Watch study published May 31, 2011, by HR services provider Randstad. The study is based on a survey conducted May 2-5, 2011, for Randstad by Ipsos Public Affairs; 1,006 adults aged 18 and older who are currently employed participated in the online poll. Respondents were also polled around their intent to pursue further education or training in an effort to achieve career advancement. Despite 97 percent reporting that they consider themselves "qualified" or "overqualified" for their current job, nearly two thirds (62 percent) say they still wish they had more skills "The data suggest that U.S. workers are less challenged by their current jobs," said Jim Link, Managing Director of Human Resources for Randstad. "It also raises questions about how this will affect employee turnover and retention as the job market recovers."
51 percent of respondents say that they would attend employer-sponsored training courses. Among workers aged 18-34, that number jumps to 60 percent.
This article was originally published on 06-15-2011