Today, the changing corporate scenario expects you to do a lot more than just your job. Other than performing your tasks, they expect you to upgrade your skills productively contribute to works outside your job profile, and constantly learn and venture into newer arenas. The reasons they say, is the continuous technological changes that various sectors are going through. And this is precisely the reason why many organizations have brought in cross functional training to satiate employees’ desire to learn and acquire new skills.
Emerging technologies have increased the demand for certain skill sets. Cross training equips individuals to work on projects, involving multiple technologies enabling them to possess a diverse skill set and thus making imminently employable in variety of functions.
In the current scenario cross training is gaining even more relevance, as it allows companies to enhance productivity, deploy employees across projects and optimally utilize each resource. It is an effective training technique which results in motivation along with a learning opportunity in the competitive market.
Imparting multiple technology training to employees has gained more significance today. And firms are focusing on cross training to manage their bench strength. Cross training helps the employees fit into newer business requirements seamlessly and also helps the organization to have a pool of skilled talent ready to move and grow within the organization. Thus, the bench strength can be managed better, which is one of the key survival metrics in the current economic scenario.
Multi tasking helps in increasing the technology band width, avoids redundancies in the system and gives the company a significant competitive advantage in bidding for new business. Also, employees skilled in multiple technologies, helps a company make its resource management efficient and cost effective.
Companies are increasingly indulging in cross training their staff not only to satisfy their business interests but also to help employees satisfy their personal need to sharpen their skill sets and broaden their knowledge base. Experts say that, for an employee, it just takes an extra effort from his/her part to acquire new skills. And this additional knowledge acquired through cross training empowers employees and makes him/her more valuable to the organization.
At Directi, employers are encouraged to pick up technologies that might be of use to the company. Later, presentations on these technologies are made to the employees who are interested in joining the program.
Experts say that the advantage that such multiple technology training programmers brings in are many. It expands the career scope of employees, enhances team spirit and bonding between employees, facilitates job rotation etc. Cross training gives an employee the opportunity to deepen and diversify his/her knowledge of various technologies, in addition to fortifying his/her resume. Also, it helps him/her to master skills sets that might help him/her to work on other projects and improve the chances of deployment.
The change in perspective that cross training gives an associate makes for better relationships, both among peers and departments. The ability to see the process or the organization from the point of view of associates, both within the same department, and from a different department, helps the cross trainee appreciate and understand that others also have difficult and demanding tasks. They see explicitly how others efforts contribute to the entire process.
Cross training has brought in a 90-degree change in the profile and career prospects of Manager, Client Services, value Labs. From his business development role, he has moved to metrics based project management at Value Labs. Today, he manages the client services group that monitors progress and health of various projects that are underway at Value Labs. This has been possible after his participation in various training programs related to software project management, prediction models, statistical process control and other quantitative techniques.
Senior Software Engineer Directi believes that cross training optimizes employee strengths by bringing out their hidden talents. He has moved to Java from .Net to be a part of a new project. According to him, weekly team meetings, discussion groups, constant mentoring and evaluation has made him proficient in the technology. Along with improving the skills such programs improve the people connect within the organization.
For manager, KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd. Cross training gave an opportunity to understand how one technology is better as compared to other, for a particular project case or application development. Today he is able to identify opportunities where both VC++ and .Net could be used to complement each other and this has given him an edge over his other colleagues.
In the end, employees and organizations know the importance of such initiatives and are going out of their way to excel at it. If an employee feels the need to learn something new, he must train and acquire more skills.