There is a significant gap across businesses that many folks are feeling the ramifications of. It’s the digital skills gap — the gap between the digital technology skills that today’s employees possess and those they should posses in order to work in today’s digital economy.
A study from tech research company IDC suggests that inadequate digital skills rob our economy of 21% of employee productivity. That equates to an overall $1.3 trillion loss in the US economy each year due to decreased productivity. For firms with 1,000 employees, that productivity hit can translate to an annual loss of about $10 million. But even smaller companies can be experiencing pain at their bottom lines due to the digital skills gap.
What digital skills are the most essential for 21st century workers to possess? While the need for specific skills can vary from industry to industry and company to company, below are the eight recommended digital skills to help your company close its digital skills gap from the ground up: