Helping Your Employees Perfect Their Skills and Competencies

Posted by Peyton Liu on May 22, 2015

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Helping Your Employees Perfect Their Skills and Competencies

A recent post (What Am I Missing?) talked about how to help find the gaps that an employee has when it comes to both their current and future position. Here, we’d like to focus on what to do once you’ve identified those gaps. Tying in associated gained skills and competencies for each course makes it possible to use gained skills or competencies to aid managers in suggestion development plan items to their employees. Additionally, this makes it possible for employees to perform a course search by skills and competencies to find training.

Take a look at these skills and competencies and some ideas for making an impact in training.

Teamwork (competency):

  • Workshops - To help team members get to know each other better, conduct team-building workshops. For example, conduct workshops on building effective relationships through collaboration. Using role-playing exercises, participants can learn how to show respect for people from other cultures and gain their trust.
  • Seminars - Inviting experts to provide insight about new techniques, such as quality management or process improvement, helps your team’s members learn how to work more effectively to achieve strategic goals.

Presentation (skill):

  • Classroom training - This type of training makes communication easier since it is nonthreatening with no one right answer. It is cost effective, especially if trainers have their own stories to tell. Stories can also make sessions more personal if they involve people trainees know.
  • Small group discussions - Break the participants down into small groups and give them case studies or work situations to discuss or solve. This is a good way for knowledgeable employees to pass on their experience to the employees who needs help.

Leadership (competency):

  • Mentorship - Having a mentor is an important part of your leadership development process, company can pair as senior team member with a newly promoted manager, the senior member establishes an action plan and the junior member gets to learn and listen the “evolving” process.

Compensation (skill):

  • Certification – the most common compensation certification program is called “CCP – certification compensation professional”, possessing the CCP designation gives you an edge in today’s competitive world signifying that you are an expert in your field. It gives you, and your employer, confidence in your job skills.
  • E-learning with case studies – mostly likely, your comp team is going to launch the e-learning process to have all type case studies, the purpose is to practice your compensation skills in various ways, i.e., one of your compensation employee has been working on salary for 3 years, and barely touched bonus program, case study on line program will come in handy in this situation. As I said, the only secret to keep your compensation skills sharp is practice.