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How Upskilling Boosts Morale & Productivity

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In this week's article:

  • Upskilling provides employees with opportunities to develop new skills beyond their current roles

  • Learn how to implement 4 budget-friendly upskilling solutions to invest in your employees and develop a more talented workforce

What is "upskilling"?

A productive workplace means two things:

(1) You're getting the most out of your employees; and

(2) Your employees are getting the most out of you.

Upskilling – defined as providing employees with opportunities to develop new skills beyond their current roles – is a low-budget, creative way to achieve both objectives.

4 easy ways to implement upskilling

1. Implement Employee-Led Knowledge Sharing

  • Peer-to-Peer Learning: Encourage lunch and learns where employees share expertise about a particular topic.

  • Internal Knowledge Base: Develop shared documents where employees can contribute tips and tricks – from how to make the most out of office software to recommendations for the best nearby coffeeshops.

2. Dedicate Time for Professional Growth

  • Book Clubs: Start professional development book clubs focused on specific skills or career development.

  • Employee Resource Groups: Create groups where employees with similar interests and career aspirations (e.g., aspiring managers) can learn from and support each other.

3. Leverage Online Resources

  • Online Learning Platforms: Provide access to online learning platforms like Skillshare or MasterClass to broaden skillsets.

4. Schedule Team-Wide Development

  • Company-Wide Trainings: Organize workshops on valuable skills applicable to everyone (e.g., effective communication, emotional intelligence in the workplace).

The conclusion

Upskilling is a win-win strategy: Your employees gain valuable knowledge and feel invested in, and your company benefits from a more skilled, adaptable, and motivated workforce.

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