In today’s competitive scenario professionals should be ready to add on to their skills and learn new things if they wish to see an increase in their pay and perks. Companies should also ensure workplace learning if they wish to remain competent and benefit from their existing workforce. However, in the absence of motivation, workers may not show any readiness for workplace learning. Employers should therefore show readiness to offer some sort of motivation to their employees if they want them to adapt to a new system, skill or process. Here are some factors that can help motivate employees on work.
Today, companies need to be on toes to adapt to new technologies being discovered in their country or even anywhere in the world. Companies that become complacent or are reluctant to change become a loser in this competitive world. Hence, companies must forever be ready to adapt to changes and keep their employees motivated at all times. This can be facilitated by offering work-based learning or by creating an environment where workers are taught the importance of using new technologies to stay competitive in the marketplace. Companies can also set incentives to further encourage workers to be open to workplace learning and enhance their competence.
Many times, workplace learning is associated with promotions. Companies have appraisals and evaluations which are often linked to promotions. Getting promoted means better salary or wages. Hence, when workers know that a promotion is in offing, they will give their best. As a result, they will make an effort to learn and ensure that learning is translated to good performance, so that their evaluation and appraisal reflect it and they improve their chances of being promoted.
While old skills are always needed, workers need to also realize that learning new skills makes them employable and marketable. For instance, today mobile-friendly websites are in vogue and this has created a need for website developers who can create mobile-friendly websites. Hence, workers need constant learning to enhance their knowledge of the latest trends, so that they can be updated with the world around them.
When a worker has a lot of experience and knowledge, it is a benefit. This can open up many job opportunities for the worker. It allows the worker to change jobs for higher salary which otherwise would not have been possible had the worker stayed satisfied with his old skills. Hence learning new skills and being aware of prevailing trends in the industry can help open the door of many new opportunities.
Today, technology is being ubiquitously used at the workplace. To be an effective worker, a person needs to learn this new technology. A good example is book keeping. Previously, accounts of a company or business were done manually using a book to maintain the ledger. However, now businesses have shifted to computer-based accounting systems. Hence, an employee needs to learn new things at the workplace to make work life easier and simpler.
Learning goes with productivity. Companies have policies and procedures in place that direct employees to upgrade their learning. This can be offered by the company in a structured way where training classes are held and trainers teach workers to fill the gap that is present or it can be worker-driven where the employee informs the company that he/she is interested in learning certain skills or acquiring knowledge and seeks permission. Either way, it should be ensured that the learning takes place in compliance with the directives set forth by the company. While the aim of the learning should be to enhance employee knowledge and skills to make them more productive and effective at work, care should be taken that learning should not overshadow the employee’s productivity or pose an obstacle in performance.Image Courtesy : U.S. Army