Upskilling Your Team: How to Future-Proof Your Workplace

Upskilling your team is a win-win. You get a more productive and loyal workplace, while your employees gain valuable skills and take on more responsibility. Put simply, it’s an easy and effective way to future-proof your business. But if you don’t know where to start, here are some areas to focus on.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Training your staff in workplace health and safety is more than about ticking regulatory boxes. It’s about demonstrating how committed you are to their development and safety, as well as providing them with essential life skills. When your team is aware of risks and dangers in the workplace, they’re in a much better position to prevent accidents from happening, and react appropriately in emergency situations.

The great thing is, investing in training works both ways. Your employees feel safer, healthier, and more empowered. This makes them more productive, and less likely to run into trouble (which can cost you greatly). It doesn’t matter if you’re running a construction company, or a startup in a small office, there are risks in every workplace. And the more your team are aware of these, the safer your business will be – now and in the future.

BECOMING ACCOUNTABLE FOR INTEREST SECURITY 

Securing your business from cybersecurity threats often starts with employee education. The sad truth is, there are scammers and hackers determined to access your sensitive data and use it against you. And while having a strong firewall system in place goes a long way in protecting your business, training your staff in Internet security is equally as important.

But the thing is, unless your team understands the range of threats out there and how these can affect them – not just the business – they are less likely to care about data security, privacy policies, intellectual property, and data breaches.

To get started, make sure cybersecurity training is regular and mandatory. Your team should know how to identity basic threats such as phishing emails, and understand that passwords should never be shared. They should also be well versed on all the latest security threats, and be aware of the fact that many breaches are caused by human error. If they understand that scammers and ransomware don’t only target bosses, but employees too, they’ll be more inclined to pay attention.

Giving your team a healthy dose of cybersecurity education not only benefits the safety of your workplace, it arms them with actionable information to use in the office – and at home.  

LEARNING HOW TO NETWORK EFFICIENTLY 

While giving your team the tools and opportunities to network will expand their career prospects, it also helps your business connect with potential clients, learn new insights about the industry, and even gain new employees.

In an increasingly digital world, networking is often achieved online. To make the most of this, invest in training workshops in how to use online platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Train them in how to write industry articles that attract attention, why it’s important to share their accomplishments, and how to connect with influencers and peers. With the right motivation and guidance, even the shyest of employers can learn how to network effectively.

You should also think about sending your team to conferences. This gives them a chance to get out of the office, meet new people, get excited and energetic about the industry, and even find new business. Not only does this inspire purpose and responsibility, it gives them valuable professional skills too. And the truth is, the more connected your employees are, the more connected your business is.

 

Disclaimer: This post is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Formal advice should be sought in particular matters to make certain your legal interpretation and decisions are correct for your location. This information is for guidance, ideas, and assistance only.

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