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Your employee's basic needs are met with a skill-based approach.

Updated: May 22, 2023

It has been found that the power of a skills-based approach profoundly impacts an organization. For example, a study by the Harvard Business Review found that organizations with a skills-based structure are 70% more likely to make decisions faster and have higher employee satisfaction. In addition, this approach emphasizes the importance of providing individuals with autonomy, competence, and relatedness in their work, better known as Self-Determination Theory.

Self-Determination Theory suggests that individuals have a basic need for autonomy, competence, and relatedness in their work. In the context of a skills-based approach in an organization, Self-Determination Theory highlights the importance of providing employees with the opportunity to pursue a career that aligns with their skills and interests.

When employees are given the autonomy to utilize their skills and pursue work that aligns with their passions, they are more likely to feel competent and confident in their abilities. This leads to increased job satisfaction and motivation, which can drive higher levels of engagement and productivity.

Furthermore, a skills-based approach can provide employees with a sense of relatedness by allowing them to work on projects and tasks that align with their skills and interests. This can lead to stronger camaraderie and collaboration among employees and a more positive work environment.

However, traditional employee training and development approaches may need to be more effective in today's rapidly changing business landscape. Many organizations rely on rigid, top-down training methods that need to consider the diverse skills and learning styles of individual employees, resulting in training programs that do not effectively meet the needs of all employees and support their professional development and growth.

Therefore, organizations need to consider an approach that meets today's employees, such as a skills-based approach, allowing employees to pursue work that aligns with their skills and interests and supports their professional growth in a flexible and personalized manner. By incorporating Self-Determination Theory into a skills-based approach, organizations can create a work environment that drives employee motivation and success, leading to growth and success for the organization.

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"The New Architecture of Performance Management" Harvard Business Review, 2019

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