6 ways to upskill your team

Investing in your team’s capacity is key to your company’s long-term competitiveness and can enhance employee engagement and retention.

Don’t wait for your employees to come to you first — share your business plans and the role they play in it. Take time to identify your employee’s skill gaps and provide opportunities for them to grow within your organization. Proactively encourage their professional development to show you’re invested in their success.

There are many upskilling options available, but to get the most out of your investment, you need to identify the best way to approach it. Here are six ways you can upskill your team:

1. Find mentors

Mentorship is an effective method to upskill new or junior members of your team as they have the necessary knowledge about skills related to their job, but it’s likely that there’s a gap in industry knowledge and how to apply their experience in your workplace.

2. Explore virtual training

In situations where few or none of your employees has expertise in a skill you want them to have, you could bring the experts to them. Explore virtual training, or custom training, to get your team trained where and when you need it.

3. Offer financial support

Invest in sending your team to professional development courses and seminars on topics that are specific or related to the area of upskilling required. If only one member can attend, they can share their learnings with additional team members afterward. You may even be eligible to get up to two-thirds of your employee’s training covered through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, BC Employer Training Grant or the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

4. Learn from each other

Provide regular opportunities for your team to learn from each other. This could be a lunch lecture to present on a topic of interest to the team, or identifying knowledge and skills that can be shared on a project or one-to-one level.

5. Encourage microlearning

Microlearning allows employees to learn new skills at their own pace. This means your employees can take a short form of training, or short courses, when their work permits until they complete the training.

6. Focus on soft skills

Soft skills, such as written and verbal communication, emotional intelligence and leadership skills, are the most valuable skills in the workplace of the future. More businesses are expanding to their use of remote teams, which means having excellent soft skills are more critical than ever.

There are many upskilling options available, depending on what you and your team need. It may be one or a combination of ways to achieve your desired results. By using the right approach, experts, and tools, you can increase your team’s capacity to achieve more together and maximize the return on your investment.

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