Employees are the most significant assets of any growing business. Thus, it’s crucial to invest in upskilling their capabilities in the best way possible.
In my past as a QA manager, I value skill-based certifications as an employee retention and recruitment tool. This has been a vital differentiator in harnessing my in-house teams’ technical and non-technical skills.
While reflecting on my early professional days as a QA lead, certifications have been game-changing, both in technical and non-technical areas. They helped me garner job-specific skills, competency, and confidence. Today as I lead a growing enterprise, I see certifications being pivotal to landing specific clients or projects through collective performance scaling and skill optimization.
Read on to know why more companies turn to skill-based certifications to stay relevant and competent.
Faster Adoption of New Technologies and Improved Problem-Solving Skills
Training and development certifications help employees adopt new technologies, processes, and models sooner. Therefore, I constantly upskill my existing and new workforce in line with the latest agile technologies.
Certification programs offer continued knowledge-sharing and a customized learning path to skilled professionals. By enhancing their current skills and proficiency, employees are equipped with the latest and best problem-solving capabilities at work and outside of it.
Certified training is one workplace paradigm that helps establish the groundwork to flourish in a more demanding working environment.
According to Forbes, combining new technologies with prolific human capital is key to accelerated employee productivity. At IGS, we’ve seen how this essential endeavour can transform business operations, processes, and managerial practices.
Another study by IBM Smarter Workforce revealed that 84 percent of the best-performing employees had undergone certified training in different skill-sets.
Underscoring employee skills with direct knowledge sharing is simplified by skill-based training programs. In my experience as a leader, I believe continuous training should be a part of any performance-centric company culture for employee productivity and innovative thinking to flourish.
Improved Job Satisfaction and Professional Growth
Professional development and employee training milestones are crucial for employees and employers. Grooming teams to get there is vital. Certification programs have provided a structured way for me to envision my employees’ growth and progress. In addition, with an open-ended approach to platform and cross-domain training, catering to cross-functional requirements is never challenging.
Employee morale and job satisfaction can be boosted with timely knowledge-sharing and skill-based certifications.
Promotes Innovative Thinking and Benchmark Deliverables
Ever wondered what fosters employee creativity and innovation? Consistent training and upskilling of course! New skills contribute to an employee’s operational evolution and enable lateral thinking.
I believe training programs help develop pertinent and complementary skills while closing skill gaps. Additionally, through skill-oriented certifications, emerging talent can undertake diverse projects and maintain benchmark quality.
Enables Business Standardization and Improves Credibility
Conducting frequent certification programs has led my teams to become more competent, flexible, and resilient to disruptions. Especially during the pandemic, we could scale organizational activities and deliver because our teams had a mixed bag of skills to back them. What internal and customer-facing employees could accomplish were:
- Adhere to formal quality standards and industry compliance.
- Leverage the defined industry frameworks for improved employee performance.
- Stay better equipped to demonstrate organizational trust and face value.
- Deliver value through a recognizable commitment to excellence.
Thus, embedding certification programs in employee retention plans is a significant game changer.
Certifications empower people to test their knowledge, strengthen their skills and measure their capabilities against benchmarks.
In a nutshell, certifications are professional development anchors or knowledge drivers that.boost employee morale, help employees achieve job satisfaction,and accelerate productivity with quantitative and qualitative benefits.
Companies, on the other hand, can demonstrate value by fostering a certified, competent and change-ready workforce for the digital economy of 2022 and beyond.