A Bigger Strategy
[Upskilling] comes along at a time when teaching your employees new skills is no longer just a nice thing for a company to offer but a must-do (Robert Half, 2018).
In the backdrop of digital transformation, providing the right skilling opportunities to your workforce at the right time holds the key to the success of an organization (Gautam, 2018).
In early 2019, I was able to begin implementation of my innovation plan, but I quickly slowed down and pulled back a bit—while early goals were achievable, I realized we had a problem standing in the way of long-term progress: we needed to "upskill." The implications of this were significant and would require a rethinking of everything we were working on in terms of leadership and professional learning. What I realized was that my implementation plan needed to be put on the back burner and the focus needed to shift to how we would address the needs of our staff before we could address the needs of our students.
Creating upskilling opportunities at your company isn’t just smart, it’s critical to the health and growth of your organization. Forward-thinking companies that consider what they want their staff to learn and what training and development methods are best for their goals reap the benefits with employees who are better at their jobs, more motivated and more likely to remain with the company (Robert Half, 2018).