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Why you’re never too old to learn a new skill

2018-03-23T17:58:34+03:00 March 15th, 2018|Education career, Personal Development|
  • We are all students of life. To stop learning is to stop living.
  • To keep up with new challenges employers need to stay sharp and polish their skills
  • Employers can and should lead by example
  • When learning, and teaching continually improves, everything improves

The development of technology and society has changed the landscape of work environments. Employers are faced with new challenges that require new approaches and solutions to problems. The constant change has contributed to additional duties, expectations and responsibilities for employers.

Employers must be flexible, have good management skills and close gaps by investing in their employees. To decrease the cost of talent recruitment or replacement, a large portion of employers have focused on grooming workers to be better job candidates by making employee career development a focal point.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin

Don’t get caught sleeping

The constant change of work environments is one of the biggest challenges employers face. To keep up with these demands, its best employers stay sharp and polish their skills. Self-development, and learning, is not only restricted to employees and should be a necessity for leaders, managers and employers.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

Employers should polish these 5 crucial self-development skills to stay on top of their game:

  1. Communication skills help employers communicate effectively, resolve problems, unite workers and increase employee loyalty. There’s a range of courses addressing different communication elements such as listening skills, influence skills, negotiation and conflict response skills.
    Effective communication is key in the success of organisations. The workplace environment constantly undergoes changes and needs leaders who can adapt and respond effectively. Courses in communication equip leaders with the expertise to recognise an organisation’s dynamics, and help develop strategies that help overcome challenges.    
    Whether you decide on improving your business, executive, crisis or public speaking communication skills, the benefits are plenty. Courses enable candidates to form new alliances, meet new people and establish contacts, develop facilitation skills, communicate while dealing with the various difficulties and emergencies, and relaying technical information easily.
  2. Technical skills have a large amount of benefits. These range from making better informed technology purchases to accessing and sharing information more proficiently.
  3. IT Skills like technical skills, can help employers make better technology related purchases and save time and money on recruiting IT staff and equipment.
  4. Analytical Skills will help employers better understand complex issues and big data. This will also improve their ability to collect, analyse information, and make decisions.
  5. Leadership and Management skills help employers understand employees and situations better. The skill also improves their ability to engage with employees and manage their expectations realistically.

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When learning, and teaching continually improves, everything improves

This couldn’t be more true for employers. Employees appreciate employers who are concerned about their development and lead by example. As expressed by J. Paul Getty, it’s best to practice what you preach as “the employer generally gets the employees he deserves”.

“You can’t be a great teacher if you stop being a student. We are all students for life. To stop learning is to stop living.”

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