How to boost employee development and your bottom line with the #Upskill Movement

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The demand for skilled, trained workers is an ever-increasing reality of the abatement and construction industries. The increased labor shortage has left employers facing a stark reality; how to retain employees with whom they have heavily invested training and certifications, while also closing the skills-gap that the construction industry consistently creates with its ever-changing and evolving OSHA and EPA regulations.

Despite the apparently insurmountable nature of this problem, employers embracing the #Upskill Movement have proven to be successful in defeating the odds. Upskilling involves employers systematically pursuing skillset training and development for their employees. This training helps to fill knowledge gaps and has been proven to create a significant competitive advantage for the businesses that utilize it.”[1]

So, what kind of advantages have those embracing the #Upskill Movement seen? First, it boosts your bottom line.

“Studies show that the cost of one worker leaving an organization could be as much as $25,000. That’s not factoring in costs associated with interviewing and hiring a replacement; and then, of course, there’s time and money that goes into the training and development of a new hire.”[2] It also improves retention because few people want to work at a company that doesn’t invest in its employees’ career development. Upskilling ensures employees’ skillsets won’t become obsolete and shows your people you care about their careers and their futures.[3]

Additionally, upskilling also boosts employee morale. “Employees who have training and development opportunities are happier in their roles and have a brighter outlook on their future with the company. Reskilling your workforce helps them see the path to career advancement and gets them excited about what could be next. Knowing they’re working toward something that will better their lives creates a deeper sense of purpose.”[4]

With all the advantages to upskilling, you may be asking yourself what’s the best approach to get started. Luckily, it’s not as difficult as you would think. When you partner with CHC Training and strive to keep a few strategies in place, you’ll be well on your way to developing and retaining the skilled workforce your business needs.

For starters, always make training and development opportunities readily available for your employees, and make sure everyone has access to those opportunities.[5] Ensure that all of your employees—whether they are workers, supervisors, or project managers—are given the opportunity to advance their careers. You could be surprised who takes advantage and benefits the most from your offerings.[6]

Second, make sure your approach can accommodate different learning styles. “Some employees might do best in a traditional classroom setting with a teacher.”[7] This is the most commonly available form of training and adult education, however, a completely different segment of your workforce may prefer walking through courses online.[8] Having diverse options and versatility through your training provider is paramount, and will provide something for all learning styles to help ensure the maximum number of employees will want to participate.[9]

Lastly, empower your employees to choose their path. “Put them in charge of their personal development plan and help them make their own decisions around their career progression.”[10] Ask your workers, superintendents, and supervisors; what trainings would you like? Lead? Asbestos? OSHA 10 or OSHA 30? When employees feel they have the freedom to choose what areas they can learn and develop their skills in, they take more ownership over their personal and professional development.[11]

CHC Training team members are available 24/7 to design a comprehensive training plan for your enterprise. We have experts that can implement upskilling for any number of employees. With over 200 classes available online and in live classroom formats, you are sure to find the resources you need. Contact us today to set a plan for tomorrow!

[1] ITA Group. “How Upskilling Your Workforce Benefits Your Organization.” Insights. September 12, 2017. Accessed November 2, 2018.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Ibid.
[7] Ibid.
[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid.
[10] Ibid.
[11] Ibid.

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