Technology is evolving at a rapid pace and your team needs to be learning and staying up-to-date. That’s where training comes in, allowing you to upskill your tech team as new technologies or company updates demand. While this can represent a significant investment, it’s important to remember that there are other important benefits to training your tech team. Jonathan Hassell, CIO contributor, explains:
“Training increases the value of your technology department and its ability to respond to changing business needs. In many enterprises, IT is no longer just a cost center, a necessary expense on the way to doing business. As the Internet economy emerges, and as big data and analytics continue to transform the way business gets done today, IT needs to become a value center, if not a profit center.”
The following ideas ensure that your training is effective, ensuring that employees can keep up with changing technology. When you bring valuable learning opportunities to employees, they’ll better themselves and the business at the same time.
The key to getting the most out this training format is to develop and framework and set specific goals. Without these two elements in place, it’s challenging to keep your mentor groups on track and evaluate how successful the program is.
Plan Learning Around Launches
Make learning relevant for your employees by planning training around launches. Your team may already need to learn new tools and techniques to build a new product or service, so use this as a learning opportunity. To make sure your product launch training is as successful as possible, follow these simple guidelines:
Give Everyone an Annual Conference Pass
One of the best ways to keep up with evolving technology is attending conferences—which are plentiful in the technology industry. If you search for blockchain conferences, for example, you’ll find hundreds, both big and small, all around the world.
This type of training gives your team a chance to enjoy learning outside of the office, which has a wide range of benefits. Saxons Group, an IT training and services organization, suggests some of those benefits include:
In general, the energy of a conference makes this format of training more interesting for many employees. Chris Curran, principal and Chief Technologist for the US firm’s Advisory practice, shares:
“You can learn a lot about a new field of technology by going outside your organization. Just being exposed to the energy, enthusiasm, and ideas of the FIRST Robotics Competition was incredible. It also allowed me to meet other mentors, many of whom also work in technology and could be valuable contacts or resources for me.”
If you’re worried about employees taking advantage, pair every conference with a post-event run-down meeting. After each event, those who attended need to present about what they learned and how it can apply to their role and the company as a whole.
Make Sure Your Tech Team is Keeping Up
Use training to keep your team moving forward and learning new skills as your company evolves with changing technology. Offer an annual conference pass, initiate a mentorship program, or simply offer in-office training based on what your employees want or need to learn. Don’t forget to continually measure success to ensure the investment in learning is paying off.