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The value of upskilling

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of upskilling in the workplace, and now a new graphic from Richard Madison, the Marketing Executive of the Brighton School of Business and Management ( demonstrates even further the value of upskilling and how it can contribute to a more productive workplace within your company.

Of particular note within the infographic are the warning signs that can alert you to the need for upskilling. Among them: personal frustration. If your team members are feeling frustrated or stagnant within their current line of work, it may be time to invest in their continuing education. When an employee no longer feels challenged by their work, it can lead to poor performance in the long run and dissatisfaction with their given role. However, new challenges stimulate the brain and can bring excitement into the workplace, which translates to renewed commitment and a healthier mental well-being.

Another telltale sign is accidental inertia, a destination a company can reach when any regular work activity has been in place for one year or more without review. As Helen Sabell from the College of Adult Learning writes, “Companies need to be constantly reviewing their processes to see if there are alternate ways to be doing tasks more efficiently. If you are not going forward, you’re going backwards…by ensuring you have the most skilled and proficient workforce you are on track for continuous business growth.”

As the infographic shows, there are many benefits to upskilling as well – both for the employee acquiring the new education/skill and for the company as well.

Employees can take pride in learning new skills that will increase their adaptability and position them for promotions (thereby increasing their earnings). They will also benefit from an increased self-awareness and the joy that comes with experiencing something new.

For companies, having more highly-skilled team members on deck can only work to an organisation’s benefit. Not only will the company expand its talent pool, from which it can select candidates to internally fill vacancies within the company, but the organisation will also experience a higher output of quality work, while simultaneously creating a work culture where team members are enthusiastic about their work and committed to putting their best work forward at all times.

To learn more about the value of upskilling, examine the infographic below:



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