02 February 2021

Skills & Competencies: 2 Sides of the Same Coin

Priyanka Mehrotra
Research Lead


  • This infographic summarizes the findings of our report, Skills & Competencies: What’s the Deal?
  • Forward-thinking orgs are finding ways to reconcile skills, competencies, and the data they both offer to solve their people challenges.
  • There are 3 key strategies orgs can use to reconcile skills and competencies in ways that work best for them:
    • Use skills and competencies to solve business challenges
    • Account for all the skills and competencies data available
    • Craft clear messaging for employees

COVID-19, a social justice movement, and multiple natural disasters have created a business imperative for orgs to pivot quickly and continually. Central to this conversation are 2 questions:

  • What can our workforce do now?
  • What will our employees need to be able to do in the future?

Two of the most common frameworks used to answer these questions are skills and competencies. There has been much consternation and debate in many HR orgs about whether and how to make skills and competencies work together—or whether to choose one over the other.

Rather than focus on differences, however, forward-thinking orgs are finding ways to leverage both skills and competencies to address some of their most pressing people challenges.

This infographic summarizes our report on this topic, Skills & Competencies: What's the Deal?

Click on the image below to get the full infographic. As always, we would love your feedback, which you can provide in the comments section below the infographic.

Priyanka Mehrotra
Research Lead at RedThread Research

Priyanka Mehrotra is a Research Lead at RedThread Research. Before joining the company in 2018, she was part of the research team at Bersin by Deloitte where she worked on talent management, D&I, and people analytics as well as conducted research and contributed content for Bersin’s Mid-market study. Prior to Bersin by Deloitte, Priyanka worked at several non-profits, think-tanks, and international organizations where she published and co-authored several articles.


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