What is Skill Development Training?
What the heck is skill development training? That’s a lot of syllables for one phrase. The good news is, it’s exactly what it sounds like—the process of identifying where your employee’s skills fall short and working to develop those areas to ensure growth and development as an employee.
What types of skills are we talking about here? You may be familiar with the terms hard skills and soft skills. Let’s start with hard skills. When we look at hard skills, we’re handing the mic to Napoleon Dynamite for a hot second: “You know, like, nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills…..girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!” Thanks, Napoleon! Hard skills are much easier to define. These are the bullets you’d usually find on a job description and are things that can be measured, taught, and acquired through a formal education or training program.
When it comes to soft skills, these are non-technical skills that relate to how you get work done, interact with colleagues, manage your time, maintain relationships and solve problems. The growth in these areas is harder to measure but equally important. For example, when it comes to navigating sales conversations, the development of certain soft skills are sometimes what makes or breaks a deal. After all, negotiation, cold calling, and objection handling skills can be read in a book or training course, but are much harder to grasp and put into practice. Not to mention, pinpointing which reps need sharpening on which skills is a challenge in and of itself.
So, what is soft skills training and what does that look like in organizations today? Across the board, soft skills are hard to measure and can be difficult to teach for a single employee. Doing so for hundreds or more? No easy task. On top of that, doing it quickly and efficiently, while keeping all other aspects of the job afloat can be challenging. As a result, skills development training tends to fall by the wayside. (Psst…this is where Lessonly Skills swoops in with a cape on). Lessonly Skills is all about personalizing skills coaching—both hard and soft—for your employees at scale. Boom baby. Let’s jump in and learn even more about skill development training!
The Importance of Skill Training
If we’re looking down from 30,000 feet, the overarching goal of “company success” looks pretty good. Sure, there are many variables that contribute. And, we firmly believe that one humongous one is the importance of skill training for your employees. Why? Here are our 3 main reasons.
1. Employees need upskilling
When an employee is hired, they’re likely brought on with certain skills already in their toolbelt. And, chances are they’re looking to sharpen that tool and add more. Employees jump from company to company for tons of different reasons, one of which being they’re hungry to learn more and may have hit a wall where they were. Employees want and need upskilling to stay engaged, to feel valued, and feel like their company is investing in them. After all, while they care about the job being done at the desk, they also care about their career long-term. And, this includes both hard and soft skill development.
2. Hard skills evolve and change over time.
The whiplash is real, y’all. Our world evolves so fast and as organizations, it’s our job to make sure our teams stay up to date. As technologies, industry landscapes, and organization needs change, the technical skills we use to problem solve also have to adapt. The importance of training and development is rooted in these changes that are sometimes unexpected (Hello, COVID).
3. Soft skills need ongoing improvement.
Despite the belief of Napoleon Dynamite, soft skills are the hard hitter here. Teaching them is harder. Since they’re immeasurable, tracking progress and giving feedback is difficult, and keeping them at the forefront of hiring and training can get cloudy. These are all the more reasons to hone in on the importance of training. While those things are difficult, Lessonly Skills make them possible, approachable, and customizable to the goals of your organization.