What Do These Trends Have In Common With You?
1) Employing Total Quality Management
2) Need for ever-rising employee productivity
3) Increasing reliance on professional certification
The common element is the need for continuous training and education. Employees, given the opportunity to expand their skills, will work smarter, accept more responsibilities, and be more productive.
Why the Need For Continuous Learning?
Two main reasons are self-confidence and personal flexibility. The employee who furthers their skills through continuous training is constantly exposed to new ideas, methods and processes.
As employees learn more and understand "their world" better, they become more confident in themselves and their abilities. As a direct result, these employees accept more challenging work. That's what I want in my employees.
Employees, growing in knowledge about their workplace, begin to see issues in shades of gray and not just black or white. The ability to understand the larger scope leads to an increasingly flexible attitude, a valuable trait in people who must consistently think for themselves.
What Does This Mean For You?
As leaders, we need to provide continuous training for ourselves and, more importantly, for our employees. Although some professionals see continuing education as something they are forced to do, it's much more than that. It's the way to create better and smarter employees and build a stronger work force!
Ron Rael is a leadership expert with The High Road Institute.