For many people who have worked in the same company for several years, the idea of learning anything new or improving on current qualifications can be daunting. No matter whether you plan to stay in the same company for the foreseeable future, it’s always worth improving your workplace skills, knowledge, and even updating those qualifications on a regular basis.
With technology moving at groundbreaking speed and nearly all businesses having to work to accept and include such changes into their working environment, you stand yourself in better stead if you too continue to move within the workplace. The great thing is, it’s actually a lot easier to do than you may initially think!
Ask a Senior Mentor of Staff to Mentor You
If there is an individual member of staff that you admire and believe you would learn a lot from, consider approaching them and asking them to mentor you. This way, you learn more and show you’re willing to take on more responsibility, proving yourself a more valuable employee in the meantime.
Consider a Secondment
Though not as widely mentioned these days, secondments were once a great way to place an employee in another role while not losing them from the company altogether. Nowadays, they can be thought of as a great way to boost employee morale, particularly for those who have worked in the same company and indeed role for many years now. If there is an area of the company you believe you could benefit from learning about, discuss the idea with your manager, stating the many benefits that it could offer both you and the company!
Learn Somebody Else’s Role
If the above two ideas aren’t entirely possible in your company, could you approach another employee and discuss learning their role, while encouraging them to do the same with yours? This can be a great attraction for many employees who may deal with certain individuals on a daily basis but not actually know much about what their day-to-day role entails. It’s also a great way to provide additional support for their department if they’re away or off ill.
Get Qualified Online
Most employees, and indeed employers, worry about the idea of further training for qualifications, fearing it requires too much time and commitment while also being expensive to undertake. However, the surge of online providers these days, also offering the cheaper of courses as well, means that additional qualifications are available to anyone. You could even learn something new during your coffee and lunch breaks!