How to Support Your Employees Career Growth

A lack of career growth is one of the top reasons why employees quit their jobs. Employees are promised career growth during the hiring process, but unfortunately, a lot of companies are not really willing to discuss or help their employees. 

 

How career growth improves employee retention:

According to BetterUp, studies show that employees who don’t have a clear way to advance their career path will leave their company for a new job. This makes sense if you think about it — few people want to keep the same title and salary level for years on end.  

 

The fact is, employees are always learning new things on the job. They might even be working on career development on their own time. And if you don’t recognize their growth with promotions or other advancement opportunities, employees may begin to feel underappreciated.

 

So, what can you do to support your employees’ career growth? P2L’s Your Career course can help you and your employees achieve success together by helping them excel and carve their own career path. This will also keep employees engaged and motivated.

 

Course objectives:

 

  • Reflect on their identity—what’s important to them, what they are good at, and what they like to do. 
  • Explore their reputation—how others perceive them and the impact of their reputation on the work they are attracting. 
  • Identify actions for minimizing the disconnect between identity and reputation and maximizing alignment.
  • Obtain ideas for building a vibrant, mutually beneficial “career community.” 
  • Prepare for career disruptions—unintentional or intentional.
  • Clarify their career vision and identify actions for making it happen.

 

Your Career can be run in one session or three distinct chapters, depending on your organization’s specific needs.

 

What’s now

This is about understanding key aspects of who you are, how you’re perceived at work, and how the difference between the two affects your career development. This chapter explores: 

  • Identity: What’s important to you? What are you good at? What do you like to do?
  • Reputation: How do others answer those questions for you and what kind of work are you attracting? 
  • Alignment: How do you bridge the gap between identity and reputation?

 

What’s next

This is the acknowledgment that, to get to where you’re going, you have to have a vision, you have to have a plan, and you have to have the right people around you. This chapter explores: 

  • Career Community: The five roles that everyone needs in their network. 
  • Networking: What it is and what it’s not for the short and long term. 
  • A Plan: Identifying steps for reaching your vision.

 

What if

This supports preparedness for when the inevitable change (either good or bad) happens. This chapter explores: 

  • Career Storytelling: How to envision your future and action plans based on your toolbox of accumulated skills and experiences. 
  • Resilience: How to move forward from career disruptions. 
  • Buffers: Ideas for creating distance and gaining perspective.

 

Contact P2L today for any questions or inquiries about this course.

How to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Poor presentation can cost businesses time, money, and opportunities. Great presentations can help you make a sale, secure investments, or land large client accounts. Learning how to make a great presentation can be the key factor to achieve success.

 

According to Business News Daily, 1 in 25 people reported walking out on a presentation that lasted too long. Another 25% admitted to having been so uninterested in the material that they fell asleep. And 1 out of every 12 people were so unengaged by a business presentation that they spent time browsing a dating app.

 

So how can you improve your presentation skills?

 

  • Research

The first step is to research the topic you will be presenting. Gather all the information needed and interpret the data. Researching ensures that you know the topic very well and you are prepared for any questions they might ask

 

  • Organize

Organize all the information and data you gathered. Think about the different points you want to share and which examples will effectively support each point. Create an outline and present them in a way that will make sense to the audience. 

 

  • Delivery

The last step is the actual presentation. Now that you’ve done all your research and organized your thoughts, you’ll feel more confident and prepared to present. Don’t rush the presentation and focus on pronouncing each word clearly. 

 

Tips when making a presentation:

 

  • Minimize slide content

Include only the essential information and highlight the high impact words on your slides. By doing this, you can capture your audience’s attention and make sure they are engaged.

 

  • Adjust your presentation to your audience

Business presentations are a great opportunity to persuade your audience and show them your point of view. A strategy that helped a lot of leaders improve their presentation is to meet and greet their audience before starting their presentation. This will help you know them better and adjust your presentation according to their needs and interests.

 

  • Personalize

Appeal to your audience but don’t forget to personalize it. Be authentic, share personal stories or experiences, and put your emotions into it. People prefer authenticity and leaders they can relate to. When they don’t feel a connection to you and your presentation, they will immediately disengage.

 

The only way to get better at presenting is to practice. The more you do it, the less you’ll be nervous next time. You can learn and develop all the skills you’ll need when presenting with our Presenting Skills course. The next date for this course is on the 14th of November. Enroll now!

3 Reasons Why You Need to Upskill and Reskill Your Employees

 

The last two years changed the workplace and work culture drastically. Employees and employers had to adapt to sudden challenges brought on by the pandemic. 

 

According to TrainingMag 57 percent of U.S. workers want to update their skills, and 48 percent would consider switching jobs to do it. In addition, 71 percent of workers say job training and development increase their job satisfaction, and 61 percent say upskilling opportunities are an important reason to stay at their job. On top of all this, studies show that 94 percent of workers would stay at their company if their company invested in their careers.

 

Upskilling vs Reskilling

 

Upskilling

  • Refers to the process of teaching employees new, advanced skills to close talent gaps. The skills they acquire can also help them perform better in their current job role. According to a research done by LinkedIn,  94% of workers said they would choose to stay in their current job if their company invested in their career growth.

 

Reskilling

  • Refers to the process of acquiring new skills required to perform a completely different job role. Research shows that by 2025 more than half of all employees will require reskilling due to technological advancement

Why upskilling and reskilling matters more than ever

 

  1. Technology advancement

Technology has made many jobs obsolete. If businesses don’t invest in reskilling or upskilling their workers, they will quit, and in the end the company will lose top talent.

     2. Helps develop self-awareness

Through upskilling and reskilling, employees can discover their strengths and limitations. This will help them understand which areas need more focus and work. These programs can allow employees to track their progress. 

     3. Reduces turnover rate

Rehiring and severance fees can cost a lot. To avoid employees from quitting, invest in developing their skills and teach them new skills they can use to do their role better. This will help reduce employee turnover rate which can positively impact your company’s reputation.

 

An important factor to consider when upskilling or reskilling is to list all the current skills that your employees have and think about the skills they can develop to help not only you and your company, but also their career growth. 

 

Thinking of Upskilling and Reskilling your employees? P2L has a variety of courses available. From leadership development, employee engagement, to information technology, we can help you and your employees achieve success. Contact us today to get started.