Firms today are realizing that compensation is not always the only way of attracting motivating and retaining talent. An employee needs something more. So, firms are using skills development to build the organization’s culture. Organizational skills development is a function of business demands coupled with the employees’ aspirations for professional development and this is becoming an inherent need for the success of an organization today.
An organization’s success depends highly on how well it can get the best out of its employees. For this, they need to find out what the employee expects from his job – What’s in it for me?
It has been often found that employees value intangible offerings a lot. For instance, greater depth and diversity of roles and growth driven organizational culture. All this depends on skill development.
Today, in the IT industry, careers are built on more than just coding skills alone. Companies provide solutions to business problems by leveraging on technology rather than mere technology capability. Because of this, employees are expected to specialize early in Technology, Industry (Domain), Program / Project Management or consulting. So, as an employee there is a requirement for you to understand the working of various industries or domains and marry domain knowledge with technological excellence. But, you also have to have a flair for a host of other areas ranging from behavioral, communication and presentation skills, to team dynamics and cross cultural adaptability.
What is skills Development?
Skills development is largely about identifying the skill sets required for your job role. This will enable you to identify and maintain skill levels based on your own schedules and catalyze career related goal setting with continuous skills improvement.
To help employees grow well, companies offer them a broad array of knowledge coupled with skill and personal development programs. It is important for you as an employee, to use any of these programs as a platform to unlock your hidden potential.
These programs also offer key benefits to the firm such as increased efficiency and productivity, which ensures greater employee affinity towards the organization. This helps in strengthening the bond between the organization and the employee.
Skills development programs are usually instrumental in encouraging responsibility commitment and excellence among employees especially in client appreciation, industry certifications and increased personal effectiveness. As employee you should try to understand your company’s business vision, and align yourself with the help of these programs for achieving organizational goals.
For most global organizations, the biggest challenge is to ensure that the training needs and requirements of the employee is not hindered by the logistical implications of distributed workforce in multiple time zones. To sort this issue, companies invest a lot in setting up both physical and virtual infrastructure such as e-learning live meetings and virtual classrooms. Another challenge is to ensure the availability of experienced and passionate trainers based on employee demand. Many times, companies look for knowledge within the organization. The senior management in most large organizations contributes to training. In areas where the senior management does not have the time or experience to teach, quality professionals or training agencies are hired.
Today, most businesses have started viewing skills development as key lever of business performance. They are tracking metrics that measure the impact of learning key business performance parameters and are adding them to the performance score cards.
With the increasing population of Gen Y* learners there is bound to be a shift in the type of learning – the new age learning will focus more on collaborative and extended learning programs where a handshake with the learner is not limited to classroom interaction alone. With growing signs of stabilized demand for global and IT business services after a period of economic challenges, the IT industry is looking forward to greater opportunities. Sustained skills development is indeed the way to go if opportunities have to be tapped. So, it is important that as a worker you tune yourself to be an alert learner at all times to grow to be a good professional.