When you hire new employees, you evaluate their prior experience, compare their skills to your needs, and decide to add them to your organization. There is a match between what they offer and what the company needs. But talented individuals are only satisfied in one place for a short time. They seek opportunities to take on increasingly complex challenges, enhance their skills and make a more significant contribution to the organization. Managers must keep these employees engaged and challenged within the company, or it will not be long before they update their resumes and look outside the company for professional fulfillment. One method for employers to achieve this is through upskilling. The employee isn’t learning an entirely new set of skills; they are strengthening existing skills and adding relevant adjacent skills. It’s like the difference between planting and giving a tree what it needs to strengthen, deepen its roots and grow new branches. An employee can become a domain expert in a critical area through upskilling, become eligible for promotion, and increase their marketability. You can increase engagement and retention by demonstrating that you value them enough to invest time and money into their professional development through upskilling. Instructional designers can create a comprehensive upskilling program to give your team the tools they need to succeed on the job and build a long-range career path within your organization. Consultants specializing in designing learning paths bring deep knowledge of the most effective instructional methods to help people learn and retain the material. They will consider what the coursework must cover, why it is relevant, who would be interested, and the desired outcome.
Upskilling your Organization to Increase Engagement and Retention with Expert Instructional Designers