The process of upskilling refers to when you use training or education to advance your current skill set. Upskilling is seen as the solution to the skills gap that exists in the current workforce. It solves hiring problems for employers who can’t find experienced individuals for specific positions, and it also offers benefits to working professionals by broadening their opportunities and optimizing their work life.
As technology and industries evolve, upskilling is a process that will be integral to moving the workforce toward the future. You can invest in your future career by upskilling yourself. Learn about these four career benefits of upskilling to see if it can help you reach your career goals.
1. Better Work Life
Upskilling helps you build on your skills and knowledge at work. When you’re continuously learning, you’re less likely to be bored or feel unmotivated. In fact, using new skills makes employees feel more satisfied and more productive at work.
2. Stimulate Your Professional Development
Learn about different processes or level up your knowledge about company software to stimulate your professional development. The more you learn to do at work and take on more responsibilities, the better chance you have of vertical or lateral career movement. After upskilling, you’ll look like a competitive candidate when it comes time for a promotion.
3. Use It To Negotiate a Raise
New skills can open up big income opportunities and expand your budget. Choose to level up in skills that are in-demand for your industry like digital skills or analytics. When these skills are in high demand and qualified individuals are scarce, you can use your experience as leverage to ask for a raise or a better starting salary.
4. Jumpstart a Career Change
Leveling up your skillset may open your eyes to new fields that you would have never considered before. Perhaps you work in digital marketing and learn more about SEO to communicate with your team better, you may even realize you have a passion for SEO and pivot your career in that direction. Upskilling can help uncover new passions and change your career for the better.
Inspire your own personal and professional growth by upskilling yourself. Use the infographic from Mint below to start advancing your career in six simple steps.
The covid-19-fuelled shift to remote work will come with valuable benefits and painful challenges in equal measure. For instance, the greater convenience of working from home appeals to nearly everyone. You no longer worry about getting stuck in traffic or living next to the office building.
On the other hand, isolation, procrastination, and team communication challenges may negate some benefits. Security is another big challenge.
Impact on Wages
One of the big questions employees are now asking is the potential impact on wages. Can the average worker expect a better wage working remotely? Or will things remain the same, or perhaps get worse?
Grit Daily recently broke down the numbers, and although it won’t be all rosy, there could be happy days ahead.
First, remote work effectively eliminates commute, meaning workers can save a little on that front. According to the US Bureau of Labor, the average US worker spends $1,249 on transportation, fuel, and automobile maintenance per year to get to and from work. This is equivalent to 2% of the average US salary. Telecommuting workers can save this money. Telecommuters also don’t need to move to expensive metropolises to live close to work, which presents another cost-saving opportunity.
Check out the infographic below to find out several other ways remote work could impact the average wage and wage gap.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic, most firms have recommended that their employees work from home. Working remotely has become a new reality, and maintaining productivity at home can require some extra effort. The following are some tips for staying focused while working from home.
Get a designated work station
A designated work station helps in setting the mood for work. Having such a setup help other house members realize that once one gets into his or her station, it means business. This consequently averts distraction. When choosing or setting a workstation, prioritize comfort by getting a seat that doesn’t hurt the back and/or neck. Also, ensure that there is sufficient lighting, air, and space.
Have a list to keep you motivated
Coming up with a to-do list keeps one motivated, productive, and organized while working from home. When creating a list, keep in mind both long- and short-term goals. Keeping track of short-term goals lets one know his/her progress, consequently making work more doable when in bits.
Working remotely means you’re less active. This can affect the health of an individual such as the development of back pain or knee stiffness due to sitting in the same position for extended hours. For one to remain healthy and active, it’s important to consider working out with virtual instructors, taking walks, or doing other domestic chores.
Working from home may not be ideal for most, but having tips on how to hack it may prove productive and fun in the long run. Thanks to the good folks at Visme for this useful infographic.
Home is quickly becoming the new office. Not only are more people choosing to work from home but an increasing number of employers are also finding it more beneficial to have employees working remotely. Let’s look at managing a newly-remote team.
According to a recent Tech Republic report, for instance, 78% of employees now work remotely some of the time, with 58% working from home at least once a month. About 36% work from home at least once a week.
While 36% might not seem like a huge number, it represents a 400% increase compared to 10 years ago. In the 2010 census, only 9.5% of the population said that they work from home at least once a week.
How to Manage Your Remote Workforce
Considering these statistics, it’s likely that you already have a team that works remotely or plan to have one soon. Whichever the case, you need to understand that managing a newly-remote team is a little different than managing people you see at the office every day.
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Impactbound has developed a detailed guide to help you assemble and manage a successful remote team. From communication to goal-setting and team building to trust-building, the guide brings to light common remote work challenges and offers practical solutions at every step. Check out the infographic to find out what you need to do.
We can’t pretend any longer – the future of work is remote! Although the majority of people still work from commercial office spaces in towns and the big cities, the coronavirus has shown us that it’s only a matter of time before nearly everyone is working from the sofa at home.
Business2Cmmunity recently did research on this topic (working remote). The findings are quite revealing.
Remote Work Findings
First off, 79% of knowledge workers already work from home once in a while. Knowledge workers are people whose main capital is their knowledge. They include physicians, pharmacists, programmers, architects, academics, engineers, and public accountants. 70% of these professionals now work from home at least once a week.
What’s more, it seems that both employers and employees are pro-remote-work. Up to 53% of polled employers were excited by the potential that remote work offers. At the same time, at least 60% of employees said they would happily leave their current office job for a full-time remote position at the same pay rate. Among the employees already working from home, 90% said they plan to work remotely for the rest of their careers.
The report covers many other points, including factors driving employees to work remotely and how the employer and employee stand to benefit. Check out the rest of the findings to determine whether a shift to remote would be in your best interests too.
Thanks to the folks at Business 2 Community for this eye-opening infographic.