The Importance of Upskilling Your Employees

By Tanuja A Akkannavar Wednesday, 18 September 2019


It is necessary to upskill and reskill your workforce to know their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses for the development of a company.  The organizations should conduct employee upskilling programs in order to upgrade them with the ongoing market trends, also the employees will show more interest to work in a company that takes care of their development. Upskilling of the employees is a process of teaching new skills and also, enhancing the capabilities and work quality of the workforce. The more skilled the employees are it is easier for a company to achieve the desired goals, and stand successful in the industry.

Why is Upskilling Your Employees Important?

Upskilling your employees benefits both the employees and the organizations, below are some of the points that explains the importance of upskilling the employees –

1. Saves Time and Money –

Firstly, hiring a suitable and right candidate to fill the vacancies is a time-consuming task also, adding extra expenses to a company such as paying salary to the new employees. By training or upskilling the present employees a company will also inculcate the multitasking skills by enlarging the knowledge of the employees.

2. Employee Retention –

Any employee does not like or feel working in any organization that will not invest in their career development and looks for a better company that caters to the progress of the employees. Upskilling creates a learning culture in a company which motivates your employees to work in a company for a long time, hence resulting in an increase in employee retention.

3. Better Performance –

Upskilling improves the skills of the existing employees, by conducting activities that help the workforce in upgrading themselves to the latest developments and trends in the market. This benefits the employees to perform their tasks better and a company can easily accomplish their objectives.

4. Helps in Self Analysis –

By upskilling activities employees can self analyze their strengths and weakness, this will help them know which new skills they should learn in order to improve their potential. Employee development makes the employees capable of analyzing their time to time developments.

5. Increase in the Level of Productivity –

The main goal of every organization is to increase productivity. Upskilling the employees will help them in understanding the requirements of different clients and provide them the satisfying services. This increases the profits of a company making it successful in the industry.

How to Upskill Your Employees?

1. Plan Upskilling Activities –

Every employee looks for career development opportunities in a company. So, the organizations should work on conducting upskilling activities but, a general plan or activity does not work because every employee has different learning abilities. Activities have to be divided according to employees need and way of learning, an organization should train the employees according to their areas of strength. For example, if an employee is good with technology and the other is good in communication. The organizations should understand that every employee is different.

2. Monitor the Performance –

An organization should know very well about the capabilities of every employee, so monitoring the work pattern will help a company plan the activities accordingly. The companies should be asking for feedback from the employees to know if any guidance is required. Employee reviews are very essential for a company to develop the level of productivity.

3. Offer Personal Learning Opportunities –

Encourage your employees to personal development by providing them enough opportunities. By self-analyzing an employee will learn their drawbacks and the area that has to be improved to perform better, because employees know well about their past, current and future skill developments.

4. Trust the Employees –

By trusting the employees a company can improve their confidence. If any employee is a slow learner or makes any errors they have to be given a chance to improve. The motivation given to the employees builds an honest relationship between a company and employee.

5. Reward the Employees –

The employees expect rewards in return from the companies for their efforts in developing the skills. Recognition cheers the employees to perform better. 

The organizations should keep in mind that motivation boosts the motivation of the employees. To encourage workforce a company needs to focus on providing career developing opportunities, by offering upskilling to the employees a company can increase its productivity which gains profit and success.


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