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53% of German managers expect their employees to spend part of their free time learning about digitization. Almost half of respondents, however, also consider relieving employees of part of their daily workload for this purpose. These are the findings of the survey “Potential Analysis: Successfully Managing the Transformation” conducted by the consulting firm Sopra Steria Consulting. Employers expect that delegating more decision-making power to individual employees will motivate them to acquire the necessary skills. And the need definitely exists: 75% of the decision-makers surveyed feel that the skills available in their company are no longer sufficient.

The need to push ahead with further training measures is also reflected in the recommendations of the TÜV association, which conducted a similar survey at the beginning of the year confirming that German employers are increasingly committed to the further training concept. One of the requirements of the TÜV association is developing a new training culture in which “regular training is a matter of course, irrespective of the employee’s age and role”.