5 Areas to Focus On for Continuous Learning in the Workplace
One of the most important investments that any company can make is employee training. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a corporate setting or a more labour-focused one like construction. You need to put money into people development or you’ll be left behind by your competitors. Worse, you’ll be left behind by time.
In addition, COVID-19 has changed the way we work. In particular, practically everyone has had to learn and master digital tools to ensure efficiency. What’s more, even before COVID, many industries have already been leaning towards automation and AI. Learning and mastering these technologies not only increases competitiveness, but also productivity.
If your company has not implemented continuous learning for your workforce yet, now is the time to do so. It can be a daunting prospect at first but the investment will be worth the cost. Meanwhile, if you do have a programme already in place you should definitely work to optimise the system.
Here are some of the best areas to focus on for the continuous learning of your workforce:
Health and Safety
No matter which industry you belong to, health and safety training will always be relevant. It’s the most relevant for fields like manufacturing and construction, especially since they have more everyday hazards compared to office-based work. Nevertheless, knowledge about workplace health and safety (or H&S) will benefit everyone—even outside the workplace.
Make sure to choose a training provider that is duly licenced and adequately experienced. You should also consider looking at the company’s other offerings. For example, emergency management and business continuity are relevant topics that can supplement your H&S course.
As previously mentioned, almost if not all industries are already using various technological tools in their day-to-day operations. It can be something as simple as a time management software for an easier time in keeping track of work hours. It can also be something as high-tech as robotics, which has various applications in construction, manufacturing, and even medicine.
For construction, in particular, there’s also building information modeling or BIM, 3D printing, and wearables. Upskilling in these facets of technology will also future-proof your workforce, allowing them to adapt more easily to future technological developments.
When we think of “leadership,” we think of people who have natural charm who can influence others and make the best decisions. However, the truth is that leaders are made, not born. In fact, behavioural scientists believe that certain aspects of charisma can actually be learned.
Moreover, leadership isn’t all about your character but also your actual skill set. Simply put, everyone can be a leader and there can be a leader even in the lowest ranks of a company.
Some of the skills that you need to focus on for leadership training include project management, people management, communication skills, negotiation, diversity training, and strategic planning.
Another good thing about leadership skills training is that it prepares your people for eventual roles. If you need to hire, you don’t need to look outward. You just need to look at your own roster of people and promote them.
Time Management and Project Delivery
Time management was touched upon earlier in relation to leadership skills, but it bears repeating and emphasis. While many people think time management is easy enough to master, it’s actually a multifaceted skill that takes, well, time to get good at.
In simple terms, time management is how you organise your activities and planning how much time you spend on each. It also puts a focus on prioritisation, making it easier for you to rank all your tasks based on importance, something that many people actually struggle with.
With time management training, your people will be able to complete projects on time, increase their productivity, and improve their efficiency. You’ll also be more systematic when it comes to project delivery, which is crucial in fields like construction.
Overall, time management can help you gain a better reputation, increasing your opportunities for growth. Your people will also feel less stress, making them happier and healthier. All of these are important to your company’s bottom line.
Some fields of work might seem like it doesn’t need a lot of people skills. However, people skills are important in any industry. Take construction, for example. A healthy network of contacts can open doors for collaborations, not to mention even more opportunities for learning.
Luckily, it’s easy to find networking opportunities. From industry conferences to the continuous learning sessions themselves, there are many places where you and your team can hone your people skills.
What’s even better is that many of these events are rather easy to convert into digital format. This means that distance is no longer an issue; you can also get some hands-on practice with video conferencing tools and even online etiquette.
The point here is that learning never stops. If you don’t invest in your team’s continuous learning, then you’ll stagnate as a company.
Consider these areas of focus so that you can build a straightforward programme and streamline your resources for the best results.