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Every company - regardless of the industry - has a rapidly growing and changing information technology component. Technology is the means by which companies are developing and delivering better products to customers who are more demanding and digitally savvy than ever.
As such, the direction of a company’s growth may require fresh proficiencies for developers in coding languages and frameworks from time to time. Upskilling can be the bridge to open new opportunities for a company’s future. How does a company approach upskilling tech employees? When is the right time to upskill? What can upskilling provide to both the company and the employee?
Let’s take a look at why upskilling technology professionals is a worthy investment.
Development is at the forefront of business
Companies that were traditionally not dependent on web development (financial institutions, food industry, retail) are becoming increasingly entrenched in the technology landscape. With further use of automation, online ordering, and others, coding is at the forefront of how companies can grow. However, technology growth can outpace the skill set of current employees, at which time it may be beneficial to consider upskilling to ensure a healthy workforce and company growth.
Training in new coding languages
The landscape of coding languages is vast. Developers can be proficient in numerous languages and still not scratch the surface of what is available in coding. Often current IT professionals and developers are trained in languages popular in the past, but may not be as familiar with newer languages and frameworks.
Identifying specific languages beneficial for a company (both at present and in the future) and providing training opportunities in those languages will allow developers to hone their skill sets in making software that is relevant and adds value to end users.
Standardize skill sets
Companies can face a number of challenges when seeking to provide a baseline skill set for their diverse workforce. With remote work becoming increasingly popular, employees can be geographically dispersed or, as we’ve seen, companies can be utilizing a wide range of coding languages across developer teams. In addition, most teams are a mix of junior and senior developers with varying competencies and skill sets.
Upskilling can bring a group of developers together to share in a learning experience that will promote a common understanding of a company’s approach to building software. This shared appreciation for company process will drive standardization and improved productivity across locations and skills sets. All developers, regardless of background, will be utilizing the same thought framework to decompose problems and design solutions that best serve the company’s vision. With a new skill set baseline within the organization, managers can better evaluate the progress of an individual or team or set new goals based on the new, shared competencies.