Now Is the Time for Continuing Education in Your Workplace
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the potential for disruptive change in the workplace. It has shown that flexibility is the key to viability in the 21st century. With more disruptions caused by technology, AI, and changing economies on the horizon, now is the right time to implement plans for continuing education in your workplace. It is the best way to ensure your employees have the necessary skills to keep your business moving forward during the next big shift. Whether through online courses, Zoom lectures, etc., the following are lessons you should make available to your employees.
New technologies are being developed and rolled out every week. Adopting these means having the ability to adapt. It requires employees to have the ability to take what they know and use it as a building block that helps them understand and apply the new technology.
Continuing education courses that help employees feel comfortable with adapting and adopting new ideas and concepts create cognitive flexibility. This helps break down barriers to change and can help your business maintain a competitive edge in the future.
Philosophers and writers have written about the importance of emotional and social intelligence for thousands of years. Individuals from Machiavelli to Mao and Jack Welch to Steve Jobs have demonstrated the importance of developing these sixth senses. Courses that develop these skills can help your employees anticipate your clients' and customers' positions and needs. This can help them proactively offer solutions to problems and develop products the market needs. In this regard, continuing education increases customer satisfaction and enhances the reputation of your business.
There are only so many ways to build a mousetrap...or are there? Let's be honest; when we were 10, we could think of 1,000 ways to build a mousetrap. As adults, we might think of a dozen. Life has a way of dampening creative impulses. Courses such as painting, creative writing, singing, etc. help restore a little youthful creativity. Rather than frivolous investments, courses that encourage creativity reignite areas of the brain that have gone dormant. In tomorrow's workplace, the employee who can see the mousetrap from a different angle is an employee who can develop a solution to a problem that others don't know how to solve.
Top-down management structures are going the way of the Dodo. These structures are cumbersome and create unnecessary bureaucracy in an economy that demands nimble, quick, and effective action. Businesses that thrive in the future will be those that train each of their employees to be leaders. Much like special forces teams, encouraging judgment and decision making on the part of all employees creates a resilient work environment. Courses that teach employees how to make reliable decisions will strengthen your business and allow you to take advantage of opportunities before your competitors can snatch them away from you.
Whether it's the written word or verbal communication, it is imperative that employees have the ability to convey ideas and critical information. It doesn't matter if you are an engineering firm, law firm, restaurant, or retail outlet; communication skills are critical. Industry-specific courses that allow your employees to practice their communication skills in real-world scenarios are invaluable investments of time and resources.
Our team is ready to help you prepare your employees for tomorrow's economy. We encourage you to contact Greenlink Payroll at (480) 385-2525 for more information about how we can help your employees perform at their best with our learning management system.