Build your own unicorns: Reskilling lessons from Amazon, the Air Force
Reskilling allows companies to align people to problems. That’s why Amazon, the Air Force, and others are making moves to reskill existing workers.
Jun 08, 2023 • 4 Minute Read
- Learning & Development
I could tell you, but I’d have to reskill youReskilling can be mutually beneficial to employee and employer, but it requires a break from the old ways of thinking. The first step is to get into a reskilling mindset. Understand the benefits and preach them to all who will listen. For the business, the need for high-tech workers is now outpacing the supply. Rather than luring in that one-in-a-million candidate, you can transform trusted team members who already know the company’s ins and outs with the skills you need. For the employee, reskilling means a career development path high above the humdrum offerings of middle management. This can mean better employee retention for the company. “Wait,” you might say. “Won’t they just take the training and run?” Maybe, but probably not. In reality, investment and career support are more likely to be met with appreciation and renewed loyalty. According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 94% of employees say they’d stay at a company longer if it invested in their career. And with titans of business like Amazon and JPMorgan revving up reskilling efforts, it’s safe to assume this isn’t a fear for them. For the company, not losing workers to layoffs or quitting can quickly add up. Each ex-employee comes at a cost of months of lost productivity while backfilling, typically around 1–4 months according to LinkedIn. Then there are the weeks lost while the new girl or guy learns the ropes. For the employee, reskilling offers a chance to explore new possibilities. Realizing you shouldn’t have picked your career based solely on that online quiz you took in ’98? Reskilling is a chance for a new direction — and to hone existing skills. The company also benefits by avoiding a layoff — keeping productivity, employee morale, and Glassdoor ratings intact. And for the employee, not getting laid off is probably preferable to getting laid off.
The reskills to pay the billsWhen you’re ready to reskill you can either start small with individuals looking for a change or swing entire groups over to transform the business without breaking up the team that brought it this far. However you do it, find the right tools to support it. For reskilling around cloud skillsets, A Cloud Guru has tools designed to help employees and employers. From multi-week crash courses on cloud readiness for a quick, momentum-building boost to tracks that guide a student from beginner to pro and include certification. And all courses are engineered to be highly engaging, to teach the way adults actually learn.
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