How Do You Upskill Your Workforce?
Making sure your workforce have new skills at their fingertips can bring many benefits in the short and long term so it should be a key focus.
As technology continues to evolve it can be difficult ensuring that your business and employees keep pace with these fast-changing digital advances.
And while your business is busy addressing your own unique daily challenges, identifying skills gaps or finding ways of upskilling your employees isn’t always top priority.
However, making sure your workforce has new digital and general skills at their fingertips can bring many benefits in the short and long term so it should be a key focus.
The benefits include:
Attracting new talent – New recruits are more likely to join a forward-thinking business which values its employees and invests in training to improve their own and the overall organisation’s performance
A boost to morale – Employees who feel they are being given the opportunity to train and develop are likely to feel more content in the workplace and can see opportunities to progress.
Increased productivity – Giving employees additional skills will make them more confident in their work and also help them to complete tasks more efficiently and effectively with more streamlined and clear processes.
A sense of belonging – Workers who are given the opportunity to learn new skills will improve their connection with your business and it will make them feel more valued and central to what you do, rather than just on the periphery.
So the question is, how can you upskill your workforce and support them?
There are different ways to make sure your employees receive the training they need, gain skills to improve their own performance and make them competitive in existing or new roles.
Whether it’s to provide new digital skills or improve an employee’s knowledge of systems and procedures, there are always ways that you can help your workforce to develop.
So what are they?
Have a plan – Put together an upskilling plan to identify the areas of your business where there may be a skills shortage – don’t just go in blind. Speak to your heads of department to gain a good understanding of needs across the business and once the plan is in place you can identify the training you need to deliver.
Choose your training methods – There are different ways in which you can train your workforce – some methods may be preferred or work better for certain individuals. You can consider full training classes for entire teams, on-the-job training with more experienced staff members or one-to-one sessions.
Encourage self training – Time is always precious in the workplace with daily demands and deadlines but it’s important that you give employees the green light to do some self training which will benefit their role and your business. This can often be done at relatively little or no cost through videos and online webinars.
Provide a support system for employees – For many employees learning about new technology and systems can be quite daunting so it’s important you have a support network in place to alleviate their fears and concerns. Regular check-ins to see how employees are coping and to acknowledge their learning progression are always welcome.