People Managers: You can teach an old dog new tricks, and you’d be foolish not to!

Trivia time! When Apple released the iPhone 7 in 2016, the iconic model that removed the headphone jack and replaced it with a single lightning jack, what do you think happened?

1. People around the world threw out their expensive headphones and other devices that rely on the headphone jack to replace them with ones compatible with the new iPhone.

2. Apple started selling dongles, adapters that allow you to still use all your devices.

Of course the answer is number 2. Why on earth would someone throw out something they invested in simply because there’s a new way of doing things? When possible, most people will opt to improve or upgrade what they currently have instead of seeking something new. Why then, aren’t we doing this with our employees?

Upskilling Your Workforce

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When your car breaks down, you don’t go and buy a new car: you take it to a repair shop and get it fixed. When you get into a disagreement with your significant other, you don’t abandon the relationship and break up: you discuss the issue and find a solution. And when your company finds out it’s going to need people with new skills in the next coming months/years, you don’t search for new candidates with those skills: you begin training your current employees. (Read more about how to begin upskilling your workforce in our latest ebook here).

LinkedIn recently announced a list of the most-sought after skills for 2019 based on their data, and chances are there are skills on this list that your current workforce does not have.

The most in-demand hard skills

  • Cloud Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • People Management
  • UX Design
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Video Production
  • Sales Leadership
  • Translation
  • Audio Production
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Scientific Computing
  • Game Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Animation
  • Business Analysis
  • Journalism
  • Digital Marketing
  • Industrial Design
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Customer Service Systems
  • Software Testing
  • Data Science
  • Computer Graphics
  • Corporate Communications

If your company doesn’t have a need for these skills today, it’s almost certain it will in the future. So wouldn’t it make sense to begin training your current employees in these skills now?

You’ve invested in your current employees, and that investment should be treated with the same importance as you would a car, electronic device, or home. The people working inside your walls already know your company lingo and processes, are familiar with your workflows, and you’ve already established that they are a culture fit. The work is already done!

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Getting into the habit of continuously upskilling your workforce is one of the best ways to prepare for the future. Not only will you ensure your people have what it takes to succeed, you will drive employee engagement by investing in your employees’ development – a true win-win!

Don’t miss out on our free eBook, Upskilling Your Workforce, where you will learn step-by-step how to implement a culture of continuous learning within your company!