Many traditions that arose in the past to fulfill specific functions still have relevance today. But often, a tradition’s original purpose has been lost-or is no longer being served-and "we've always done it that way" becomes the reason why it persists. This holds especially true in organizational life, where most organizations continue to follow three common practices that may have outlived their usefulness.
An organization has a skills gap when a tension exists between what it needs to accomplish and what its employees are capable of doing. To some degree, most organizations find themselves in this situation today, thanks to factors such as the retirement of older workers, economic changes, and the continued lightning-fast evolution in technology. By examining some key data points about the skills gap, though, companies can be better prepared to understand its significance and take steps to address it.