April 26, 2016

Investing in Your Business’s Growth

The Digital Age


Your employees, or potential employee’s mind-set, plays a part in helping you to achieve growth within your business.  Therefore, making them feel confident in their role at work by giving them the right training will help them to be more productive and perform better.  Having a rich and diverse team of employees also makes for a strong work-force, but regardless of age or experience you will need people who fit the new digital skillset in order to capitalise on the growth opportunities now available.


Providing basic digital skills will also be something to think about if you are looking to take on an apprentice, [(take a look at our apprentice template here to get started) .  For example, you may want them to get involved in basic internet security, protection of data, maintaining the right online presence in social networks etc. depending on the role you are offering with the apprenticeship, you will need to have a solid plan in place for the training so the template we provide can help you to get started.

Naturally, you want to employ people that have the right training and/or experience from the start, and by employing young people who are well versed in all things digital it will lessen the cost of training them up and also avoid wasting valuable time and resources.  Those skills may then be imparted to their juniors/seniors on the job, and these employees may then feel encouraged to learn even simple digital skills that they too can use day to day, which will further benefit the business as a whole.  This may lead to current employees needing access to relevant training from you, in order to make the digital transition happen more quickly.




Updating Employees Digital Skills: More Enjoyment, Greater Efficiency


Having the best HR support to hand is essential if you are unsure on the direction you need to take to employ the right staff, or employ the correct training.   If you invest in the training of your current staff, it’s true that they will be more productive and indeed proactive with their newly found skills.  However, training your staff new skills can also come at a price: if they decide to leave after having received the training, you may have to go through the same process all over again. This could be one of the determining factors in why less than half of employers, (4 in 10) rely on graduates and younger employees for the digital skills they require, rather than spending that time and money in training new employees who have very little in the way of digital training or experience.

We must look at digital skills as being an imperative part of any new employees remit:

“Together with government, businesses and society as a whole we need to raise our sights beyond basic inclusion and aim to create a Britain of true digital confidence at all levels of the workforce,” he added. “The UK must act now to ensure we are not left behind.” Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays UK (source: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/article-details/40-of-organisations-rely-on-younger-employees-for-digital-skills)

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