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Skills & Competencies: 2 Sides of the Same Coin

02 February 2021

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.


Stacia Garr Redthread Research
Stacia Garr
Co-Founder & Principal Analyst
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