Encouraging Your Teams Learning | Free Resources to Support Your Employees

Did you know that nearly three-quarters of employees feel a lack of training is the biggest barrier to achieving their full potential?

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With some businesses having to cut back on new hires due to COVID-19, it’s given businesses the chance to innovate and provide more training to current employees - whether this is junior candidates or upskilling leadership teams.

Although the furlough scheme gave a lot of businesses relief, it’s left a lot of those who were getting paid through the scheme being out of work for up to six months, which can have a direct impact on their performance once they return to the office.

In this guide, you will find the benefits and importance of encouraging your teams’ learning, as well as preexisting resources you can use that don't require any build or implementation time. The following are also all free to access.

What are the benefits of supporting your employees’/teams’ learning?

Don’t turn up your nose at a free course, webinar or training video, as more often than not these resources are not only going to benefit your people but also your business.

From a business perspective, encouraging your teams’ learning will naturally boost performance and productivity, as the training will firstly instil a lot more confidence, as well as enrich their minds with knowledge that can help them perform better.

Added confidence personally and professionally then acts as a snowball effect, boosting morale and retention - which is crucial more so now than ever before.

Businesses have struggled to cope with the peaks and troughs of COVID-19, so ensuring that your employees still feel loyal to your business goals is incredibly important for success.

Remote working has given us an opportunity to learn

Regardless of being employed, unemployed or on furlough, many of us have reduced our commute time through adopting a completely remote model, which comes with its own positives and negatives.

The general consensus for those thrown into remote working is that it can be difficult to differentiate between work and downtime - a common issue especially if you don’t have a designated workspace.

Integrating personal learning and development, that helps you improve the general skills to enable you to become better at your job, could be the answer to giving you more balance in your personal life.

Finally, remote working has given us all a lot more time to engage in these training activities, and they don’t necessarily require you to make notes and take exams.

Take into consideration your morning book, or podcast on your commute into work - this all counts towards personal development, as well as quick news articles or explainer videos.

It’s about professional development skills that will keep teams stimulated

So, when we say “learning”, we mean a combination of personal and professional development skills like:

  • Presenting
  • Wellbeing practices
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Personal branding

Then new skills such as:

  • Computer essentials
  • Social media
  • Cyber security
  • Coding

There is so much out there to aid you with the above skills, and we wanted to list a few below that you and your team can benefit from!

  • The Skills Toolkit: Personal growth and wellbeing, digital design and marketing, computer science, coding and computer essentials.
  • LinkedIn: Remote working, leadership, talent acquisition, stress management, small business advice.
  • OpenLearn: OpenLearn also have a directory of 50+ free accredited courses across every sector.
  • HubSpot: Their “resources” page covers everything to do with Marketing, Sales, Social Media and Strategy - with workbooks, accredited courses and explainer videos.

If you’re looking for other resources that can support your business, click here.

We hope these help you and your employees with training and development, as you can still learn so much from free platforms to enrich yourself personally and professionally.

Adecco can help put the right people on your team and give you the support and resources you need to keep them there. To learn more, contact us today.

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