234 - Evolving At Work

Posted July 1, 2021 by Mark Perna

Episode: 234

Episode Title: Evolving At Work

File Name: evolving-at-work

 

More and more, the workforce is realizing that they need to evolve to stay competitive. So what role should employers play in this? Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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Hello and welcome—you’re now in The Perna Syndicate! On-the-job training, upskilling, and reskilling are hot topics today. Employees actively seek out employers who will help them evolve their skills to stay competitive. In fact, recent research by LinkedIn found that fully 97% of employees want to expand or at least continue the amount of time they spend learning at work.

 

This is exciting. Employees don’t want to stick with the status quo; they want to get better at their work, meet new challenges, and stay on top of this rapidly changing world. This is good news for companies—and it also gives them a way to attract and retain talented people. 

 

To be effective, learning should be integrated as a regular part of work. Leaders should not only encourage employees to block out calendar time for learning on an ongoing basis, but they should also do the same themselves. LinkedIn VP Jennifer Shappley says that if managers have dedicated learning time, employees will be more likely to do the same.

 

For learning to happen throughout the workday, it must also be on-demand. Many online learning platforms allow employees to learn what, how, and when they want in the flow of their day. This is an especially big benefit for younger workers, who as a rule turn to video-based content to learn what they want to know. 

 

So should companies take a proactive role in their employees’ learning and skill development? In a world where the skills to do the job are always evolving, the answer is yes.

 

On tomorrow’s show: I’m a recovering workaholic—and I’m going to share why giving myself time and space away from work is actually increasing my productivity. We’ll see you tomorrow, back here at The Perna Syndicate. 


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