Strengthening Tech Workplaces Through Upskilling
When working in an office or otherwise traditional professional environment, it is not uncommon for the workplace to collectively gather for professional training modules throughout the calendar year. Quite often – if not always – these professional training sessions are put in place to cater to the needs of the workplace going forward, and to address any lingering inadequacies in the way that the team functions and thrives. The perfect workplace does not exist, but through upskilling programs businesses can arc towards being the best versions of themselves they can be, taking employees and leaders along for the ride and improving the company on all fronts.
Ensure professional training is relevant
Creating upskilling programs that genuinely benefit employees is key to ensuring that they have lasting, positive impact on the workplace. There is nothing more frustrating than being pulled into a training session, and away from meaningful work, and realising halfway through (or worse, as soon as one walks in) that none of the material being covered is of any relevance to them or their respective job title.
Not only do employees benefit the most and respond the best when the material covered in upskilling and professional training sessions is of relevance to them, but leaders can expect a more positive and wholly health work environment going forward. When employees upskill in ways that enable them to flourish further in their positions, they do their best work, consistently.
Make training sessions safe spaces
People are generally more likely to feel comfortable participating in training sessions if they feel like they are heard, understood, and valued – especially when they are experiencing a personal learning curve. No employee is going to get every component of professional training modules absolutely right, so having an encouraging and supportive environment in place allows them to branch out and dive out of their comfort zones – even when they are scared to. People engage the most, and bring out the best of themselves, when they feel comfortable and heard. Training sessions should never be places of judgement or contempt, and making them so only serves to negatively impact the way that workplace function.
When the leaders join the program
Training sessions can sometimes be a bit of a tedious task, and something that makes employees less inclined to actively and wholly participate in training is when their leaders are not a part of the training sessions alongside them. It is important for leaders to note that while they are leaders for a reason, they can also improve. Further, putting themselves in the position of being wholly involved in the training sessions shows employees that when leaders initiate training modules, they are not doing so to only improve their employees, but to improve themselves.
This is how workplaces bind themselves together, and this is how leaders establish themselves as positive leaders and the type of leaders who their employees can feel comfortable around. When the leaders jump into training wholeheartedly, employees are more likely to go out of their way to do so as well.