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The labor scarcity may appear to be a post-pandemic occurrence. However, it was a problem for businesses — particularly those in light industrial warehouses — long before COVID-19.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, factory workers have been in short supply since at least 2018. The pandemic, the Exceptional Resignation, personal health concerns, and other reasons have conspired to make recruiting great employees even more difficult.
Despite these obstacles, finding and hiring people willing to commit to business is not difficult. Many people are ready to start working in various roles, from the warehouse to the front desk. They are, however, searching for something different from their prospective employers: the chance to improve and develop personally.
As a result, several firms have begun to reward employees for upskilling. This appeals to employees who want to learn the skills they’ll need to advance in their careers and become full-time employees. It also provides employers with the benefits of upskilling their employees, such as staying ahead of the competition.
Try these tactics if your organization is considering upskilling for employee retention in light industrial — or any sector.
Allow People to Contribute To Their Growth
Always consult with employees and their supervisors before creating upskilling and reskilling classes. You may appropriately identify any skills gaps and make everything more learner-centric by doing a thorough learning needs analysis.
At the same time, you are aware of what your employees require. The higher your early talent involvement, the higher your engagement will be.
Make Learning Personal, Practical, And Flexible
Your staff are busy and may find it challenging to set aside time for training each week. Consider purchasing a learning management system (LMS) that allows the team to work at their speed.
When researching LMS choices, seek ones that have on-demand and mobile apps. Workers may log in from any device and learn when it works best for them. Incorporate professional development opportunities into typical working hours whenever possible. Your team members should not be required to complete coursework on their own time.
Microlearning is straightforward: provide students with short, laser-focused lectures with clear takeaways. Workers who desire to improve their skills can benefit from microlearning. Microlearning is particularly valuable for workers who want to put their new skills to use right away after class. Experiment with various microlearning modalities (such as videos, podcasts, essays, and even games) to keep learning and development enjoyable.
You want the best talent to help your company thrive, but they won’t join your team unless you offer them something in return. You need to entice tomorrow’s superstars with development chances that demonstrate your commitment to helping people achieve their personal bests and providing growth opportunities. Next Step U, a program offered in collaboration with Penn Foster, is available to all Integrity Staffing Solutions workers. Next Step U offers employees completely free introductory and advanced skills training.
Associates can choose from a dozen distinct programs, ranging from classes focusing on specific work sectors like administrative assistants and contact tracers to more extensive career readiness and frontline supervision options. Next Step U’s mobile-friendly access allows students to develop their abilities in a way that fits their schedule.
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