While it was important before COVID-19, upskilling has become even more essential to keeping employees engaged and productive.
When your company invests time and resources into upskilling, it sends a powerful positive message to your employees, boosts their abilities, increases quality, and even benefits customers.
With that said, it’s easy to make mistakes when trying to upskill your staff. Below are seven essential tips you should bear in mind when looking to upskill your light industrial employees.
1) Identify Skills Gaps
Before you start upskilling your staff, you ought to understand the reasons you are doing so. Identifying abilities gaps will enable you to create the best goals for your process. One best practice is recognizing abilities gaps and setting goals for individuals, your team, and the overall improvement of processes.
2) Set SMART Goals
One very effective way to establish goals of any kind is to use a SMART framework, an acronym that describes specific, measurable, aspirational, realistic, and time-bound goals.
Using the SMART framework, the goals for your upskilling efforts will establish the capabilities your staff members need to learn, the methods you’ll use to gain those abilities, and the ways you can track your progress.
3) Set Aside Time
Your upskilling efforts will be much more effective if you make them part of employees’ working hours because it is hard for most people to dedicate their free time gaining new skills.
In general, there are two approaches to set aside time. One approach is to set aside set times during the week when most or all of your staff can step away to take part in group learning. Another approach is to allocate hours for individual employees, possibly for them to be used at their discretion.
4) Make It Personal
Individualized learning allows your people to take part in different courses according to their needs. Each student should be able to access instruction based on particular needs. On top of that, people can be trained based on past performance.
Another advantage of individualized learning is that each employee may be able to choose their own learning formats, such as video or online courses.
5) Use Development Plans
One effective approach to upskilling employees is to give them a sense of agency over their development. With this approach, the manager sits down with each employee to collaborate on a development plan that can be used as a roadmap.
6) Provide Resources
With many office-based employees working from home, it can be difficult to coordinate training resources. However, dedicating resources goes a long way to encouraging staff members. Be sure to provide the appropriate resources, whether they are on-premises or online.
7) Apply Training
If your employees don’t apply their training, investing in it will provide limited benefit to your team. Make sure your development plans include details on how training can be put into action on the job, such as the adoption of new systems or tools. Employees can also document the various ways they’ve applied their training and the results they’ve seen.
We Can Support Your Development Efforts
At NSC, we coordinate with our clients to support their staff development. Please contact us today to find out how we can support your company.