Organizations are beginning to understand that employees are an important axis in their growth. That is why they see the need to implement training programs designed for the professional development of their employees and, as a consequence, to obtain organizational development.
As part of the new trends, the terms Upskilling and Reskilling have been established. Both are focused on the training and/or formation of employees.
Upskilling focuses on improving competencies to continue performing, in a productive way, the functions within the same job position; while Reskilling is the incorporation or renewal of competencies to be able to integrate into a new job position.
Advantages of Upskilling and Reskilling
Keeping our employees trained will allow them to adapt quickly to new tasks and/or responsibilities. So if we implement new functions and/or positions that require different skills/competences, we will be able to have within our team a person capable of leading new challenges.
Having trained people, who have experience within a company and, therefore, who fit the organizational culture, will allow us to invest our time in other responsibilities, leaving aside long processes such as: recruitment and adaptation of the employee to a new organizational culture.
Employee motivation does not only depend on their salary; there are several ways to keep them intrinsically and extrinsically motivated. One of these ways is to let them know that we care about their professional development.
A motivated employee is a potential employee committed to the company. Likewise, a trained employee is a potential satisfied employee, because he/she will be able to perform his/her functions efficiently and, as a consequence, will feel like a leader in what he/she does.
The company’s image improves because we are seen as an organization that cares about its employees. This allows us to reduce the search time for new talent, because they will start to be interested in us and, therefore, they will be aware of the calls; it will also allow us to expand our networking with other companies, because we will be perceived as an employer brand.
Keeping in constant learning is good for the employee and for the company, fostering a learning culture allows workers to be ready for the challenge of tomorrow and to feel that they are in the power to solve any challenge that comes their way.
Implementing Upskilling and Reskilling involves a process in which we have to know what we need, a plan of action and perseverance. Many companies have opted to use the E-learning methodology, because it can be adapted to the time of employees and can also provide a variety of content in which they can be trained. An example of this is HPI International, which provides training content for the organizational world and higher education.