The age of firms functioning with segregated operations and putting staff learning and development on the back burner is over. Employees, unfortunately, are considerably more confidence in their ability to adapt to the needs of a business than their executives in today's fast-changing corporate market.

Only 45 percent of corporate leaders believe their employees can adapt to the new world of work, according to a recent survey conducted by SumTotal Systems. However, 78 percent of employees said they were willing to learn new skills. Business leaders must take the initiative, acknowledge the gap, and take action to close it.

Adaptability is critical in today's fast-paced business world. However, the question remains as to how this will be accomplished in practise. To put it frankly, business leaders must break down silos, redefine HR's role, and move toward an optimal ecosystem in which learning and talent work together to create an employee-centric culture that supports and achieves business objectives. This is where the concept of organisational maturity comes into play.

Stage 1: Siloes

The focus is on hierarchy, and learning and skill are divorced. The HR department is more reactive than proactive at this point.

Stage 2: Focused

HR begins to focus on establishing connections between learning and talent. HR and learning begin to work together once leaders see the importance of employee engagement.

Stage 3: Transformation

The metamorphosis has begun. Agility, a people-centric culture, and contemporary infrastructure and technology are all being pushed hard. As HR abandons old procedures, employee participation rises.

Stage 4: Constant

Learning and talent are now shared, ongoing, and personal. While HR collaborates closely with other teams, the workforce is eager to adapt. The importance of learning and human resources will be emphasised more than ever before.

Stage 5: Perfected

Employees have more control over their development and professional growth when learning and talent are completely linked. HR's efforts naturally flow into the business KPIs thanks to increased agility, new technology, and new learning programs.

An organisation's maturity level reaches a sweet spot when learning and talent management are combined. Employee education is emphasised by HR as a means of increasing agility and productivity. As a result, a company's performance is at its peak.

According to studies, mature companies are 3.9 times more likely to accomplish or exceed their financial targets, and 6.7 times more likely to engage and retain their employees.

Creating a people-centric workplace is critical at a time when attrition is at an all-time high, with major IT businesses facing a turnover rate of up to 20%. The writing is on the wall: organisations must make advancing up the maturity chain a priority.

This leads us to the most crucial question:

What can organisations do to speed up their maturation process?

Organisations that want to achieve maximal maturity must provide their leaders and learners with the tools they need to succeed. They must focus their efforts on allowing innovative technology to boost employee productivity and provide the foundation for a more successful talent management strategy in an adaptable environment.