Want to get ahead at work, but feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Training could be the key to a brighter future, but new research from AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) shows Brits are spending more time on tea breaks.
Swot up on these helpful tips from Olivia Hill, AAT Chief HR Officer.
1. Upskill yourself
Four in ten (38%) of us admit to regularly searching online to find out how to do our job better. If this is you, it’s no wonder you’re losing your work mojo. Honing your skills is absolutely key to building confidence to do your job to the best of your ability, but a survey by AAT has found almost one in three of us have never been given any real training at work. The trouble is, one in six bosses admit they only turn to training for under-performing staff.
While training might sound boring and a waste of valuable time, it’s proven to give you a better chance of promotion and more get up and go in the morning.
And, here’s one for your boss, it’s actually proven to increase productivity. Approaching your boss to ask for training can be tricky and you’re not alone; 71% of UK employees said they’d like to talk to their manager more about their training needs but only a quarter think it’s their responsibility to bring up the topic with their manager. So, many Brits find themselves stuck between and a rock and hard place.
2. Communication is king
Even if training isn’t talked about much in your workplace, it doesn’t mean you can’t ask. And, I think you’ll find your boss will thank you for it.
Find out how you can navigate training in your workplace with this quiz
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Having a conversation with your employer isn’t always easy, so here’s how to broach it.
- Identify a suitable course or qualification where you feel you or the team have a skills gap and consider how it will help you perform better. Your boss will be more supportive if they know you’ve thought about how it will ultimately benefit the business.
- Showcase your enthusiasm. Reinforce, wherever possible that you love your job and want to do what you can to do it better. Involve your team if you can so you are growing your skill-set together.
- Ask about a training budget. Many organisations have a specific training budget meaning your employer may be able to help fund your training or qualification. You can do some digging with HR before having the conversation with your boss.
- Keep training regular. Even after completing a qualification or training course, it’s important to brush up on what you’ve learnt, so consider a one day refresher course once a year.
Trust works both ways; however this isn’t always the case in the workplace. A fifth of managers we spoke to think that providing training will mean staff will use their new skills to move onto a new job, however just one in 10 employees cited moving jobs as motivation to do training.
Build trust by taking on your training with gusto and demonstrate to your boss how this has directly benefitted a specific project and your role as a whole. Trust only works if it’s mutual, so trust your boss’ investment in you and, you never know, you may well be on your way to a more cohesive, happy work environment.