Community™ Skills

Measure Skills and Knowledge

With Community™ Skills, organizations finally have an explicit way to measure knowledge and experience, providing a solid foundation to establish equity in the workforce.

Community™ Skills Measures Experience

You can finally understand your employees’ accumulated skills and knowledge to make confident talent management decisions for your organization.

“Community Skills is objective and deliberate at the same time. We like how it aligns our internal programs on recruitment, recognition through pay, capacity planning and learning, and development, and our staff feel empowered knowing where they are and what development activities they need to do to grow more in the company.”

— Carel Ariola, Corporate Services Manager, Birches Group

What Community Skills Can Do for You

Community™ Skills consists of a progression of five Skills stages, which can be used to measure the growth of an employee’s capacity. Skills ratings can be aligned to compensation, recruitment, learning and development, succession planning, and more.

Managing Pay Movement

As employees build skills, they increase their value to the organization. Using Community™ Skills, compensation policies can be developed to align and link skills growth with pay increases.

Guiding Learning and Development

Creating a learning plan starts with understanding the skills required for the job and the skills gaps in your workforce.

Assessing Capacities in the Workforce

Staff development can be tailored at every job level to be able to push out more of the work that is essential to the organization’s success.

Community™ Skills Products and Services

Community™ Skills is about measuring the stages of skill and knowledge growth. Using the Birches Group Community™ job levels, we have developed explicit measures for each job evaluation indicator, arrayed over five separate skill levels.

The Community™ Skills framework defines the five stages of progression from Basic to Master aligned to the same three factors and levels used in the Community™ Jobs standard. For each job evaluation factor, two indicators have been identified, resulting in a total of thirty milestones of Skills through which staff progress within their grade, and can serve as milestones for the progression to the next higher grade.

The Community™ Skills assessment tool can be used for multiple purposes, including ensuring unbiased application of starting salaries, managing pay, learning and development planning, succession planning, and promotion readiness to name a few.

Track Employee’s
Learning and Growth

Through the articulation of the five Community™ Skills stages and six indicators for each stage, managers can now measure the skill levels of their staff and identify indicators where further development is needed. Over time, it is possible to observe Skills growth and align it with pay adjustments and determine readiness for the next grade or assignment.

Establish Fair
and Equitable Hiring Practices

Community™ Skills makes it possible for organizations to target the right candidate they need by allowing them to define the appropriate skill level required for a role. And because assessments are purely based on the candidate’s skill level, setting starting salaries during the recruitment process is simpler, more objective, and easily justifiable to management.

Manage Pay Movement Clearly and Objectively

With the five stages of knowledge mapped across the different points in the salary range, Community™ Skills makes it possible for organizations to fully utilize their salary ranges and manage pay clearly and objectively. As staff build skills, they move across the stages driving movement in pay within their salary grade, and personal biases such as gender, race, etc. will have no impact on the increase that an employee receives.

Prepare for Career Pathing

Through the five stages of Community™ Skills, managers can plan the career paths of their staff ahead of time, ensuring promotion readiness to assume the responsibilities expected either at the next higher grade or deeper into the next skill stages of their current grade level.

Create Learning and
Development Assignments

Creating learning plans is now a collaborative effort between the manager and staff. Because each skill stage is predictable and explicit, staff can equally take ownership of their development by providing feedback/suggestions that will further refine their individual initiatives that facilitate skills growth.

Charting Your People’s Growth and Skills

If you’re ready to overhaul your talent management tools or just get access to better skills data,
Community™ Skills can finally connect careers with compensation.