With every investment a company makes, the aim is to maximize profit. Teaching employees new skills is no exception to that rule. Some critical minds may say that employees should focus on their daily tasks and get the least distraction as possible. However, learning new skills is a crucial improvement for both the employee's career and the company's future. Let me break it down for you.
Why bother teaching your employees new skills?
New tools for improved performances
Throughout our lives, we are constantly learning new skills in order to improve ourselves, whether it is in school or during our extracurriculars. Why should we stop once we've reached adulthood? Although you seek for the most adequate and skilled people, when hiring new employees, it doesn't mean they can't improve themselves. Providing them with a new set of tools through workshops and training will improve their performances. They will find new ways to tackle the same problems and gain knowledge that allows them to broaden their horizons within the company! Moreover, acquiring new skills will also let your staff gain motivation and confidence within themselves, which will boost productivity.
As the saying goes: just because something works, it doesn't mean it can't be improved!
Ready for advancement
When acquiring a new set of skills, this oftentimes means we are ready for the next step in our lives. This can also be reflected in our careers. By offering your staff the opportunity to improve themselves, you will also offer them the opportunity to build out their personal careers. This, in turn, will not only improve their quality of work, but also the overall performance of the entire company. Moreover, your employees will gain confidence and strive for advancement within the company. With these new skills at hand, they are ready for a possible promotion and expansion of their tasks.
Give and take
As a last, and possibly most important point, offering this chance to your staff might drastically improve the internal dynamics of the company. On the one hand, by offering workshops, (online) courses and training to your staff, you automatically offer a small form of team building as well. Colleagues get to spend time together in a different setting than their usual work environment and get to expand their skills. On the other hand, by investing in your staff through classes, you show a sense of respect and worth to them. This shows that you are willing to offer them new possibilities and see potential in them. By doing so, you are improving the mutual respect and increasing performance quality all at once. You will challenge your staff in a healthy and positive way, without forcing them to do so. Given that the workshops and training would be on a voluntary basis, they could choose whether to accept the challenge or not.
In general, learning new skills can always be seen as an improvement, whether it is a large one or not. The same goes for business and human resources, it is always important to keep investing in your people. Some employees are diamonds in the rough and simply need some polishing to shine at their full capacity!
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