The technological landscape is changing faster than TikTok trends. As a company, keeping up with changes is essential to remain competitive. Or better yet: get ahead of it. Equally, companies need to help employees embrace changes and navigate the new landscape.
Psychologist Liliane Thoelen shares her tips for upskilling employees in relation to mental well-being.
Resilient and prepared for the future
Upskilling is crucial for creating a future-proof organisation. On the one hand, because technological developments are rapid and it is important to equip employees with the skills to stay relevant. For example, the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts that by 2025, more than half of our current work will be done by machines. On the other hand, growth is essential for our mental well-being, internal resilience, and motivation.
But don’t panic: the WEF also predicts that these changes will bring 58 million net new jobs in the next five year.
Those who keep up with technological advances will reap the benefits in several ways. US research by Gallup and Amazon shows that more than half of employees want to improve their skills, and 48 per cent of employees would switch jobs if they had better training opportunities in a new position.
The benefits of in-house training
In-house training gives employees the necessary tools and knowledge to face challenges, allowing them to come up with creative solutions, adapt to new circumstances, and see new opportunities for growth.
Liliane: “Developing yourself improves the output and quality of your work, but it also boosts your productivity, efficiency, and problem-solving ability. In addition, employees who can develop themselves are more satisfied with and engaged in their work.”
Gallup’s survey underlines the above; almost three quarters of employees say that growth opportunities increase their job satisfaction. Here are the organisational benefits of in-house training at a glance:
- More satisfied employees
- Better quality of work
- Higher customer satisfaction
- Increased productivity and efficiency
- Lower recruitment costs
- Better prepared for the future
- Better problem-solving ability
- Higher morale