Top 5 Reasons why you need to Invest in Yourself in 2017

Top 5 Reasons why you need to Invest in Yourself in 2017

Return on investment on your career training has benefits that go way beyond the feel-good buzz words HR Departments throw around!

Your career depends on your continued growth your ability to add value to the team. It is important to keep moving forward, through continuous training and continuous improvement.

Here five reasons why you should invest in yourself in 2017.

Being More Valued as an Employee

It’s common knowledge that there are high turnover industries. It doesn’t have to be that way; as an employee, it is up to you to embrace opportunities for training and development which your employer may provide. Furthermore, if you have ideas for further training or personal development strategies, raise them at meetings to convey to your employer that not only are you invested in doing your job in the best way possible, you want to be your best with them.

Practical training within your field and group activities such as in-house yoga, strengthen your own personal and professional confidence. And like dominoes the effect will reach out to other employees. After all, the more experience an employee gains with a company, the more the loyal they will become. With further training, you can make yourself a major asset to your employer and their company.

High morale and continued pride in the workplace, reduces the amount of stress for you and your team; and as you stay with the company longer and become more integral to its success this contributes to a better atmosphere at work. With a better atmosphere and renewed confidence thanks to your training and the boss crediting you with a positive change, the benefits are numerous.

Times Have Changed

The times have changed, and we should change with them. Our parents grew up in a world where they got a job straight out of school and kept it until they retired. In today’s economy, we are often working two or three jobs, we are more flexible, we recognise that skills are transferable and we often end up working several jobs throughout our lifetimes. This scenario may seem like job security is outdated, but it’s not. We need to recognise our values and skills and own them, be open-minded and responsible for our successes; so focus on you, and your career success should follow.

You Can’t Argue with Science

According to the “Importance of Human Resource Investment for Organizations and Economy:  A Critical Analysis” in the Journal of Managerial Science, employees who work in a proactive and continually developing team, reach their full potential go on to lead richer lives. In turn, these employees bring creativeness and innovations to the company because of the rich life they are living. In a competitive world, an innovative and skilled group of employees will keep the company a step above the competition. By investing in your own training, you can help further your company’s agenda. By proving your commitment, loyalty, and skill you will no doubt be promoted repeatedly, and one day

In a competitive world, an innovative and skilled group of employees will keep the company a step above the competition. By investing in your own training, you can help further your company’s agenda. By proving your commitment, loyalty, and skill you will no doubt be promoted repeatedly, and one day be one of the leading figures in the company.

Outsmart the Competition

Business is a fickle world of ever changing supply and demand, it is important to routinely invest in upskilling, training, and strategies. You never know when a deal could go wrong, or the company you work for could be bought out. Keeping up to date with the latest training and knowledge in your field gives you an advantage over your peers as it will make you more valuable to your current employer, and very attractive to other companies. You must be ready to adapt, to pivot quickly to changing conditions,

Keeping up to date with the latest training and knowledge in your field gives you an advantage over your peers as it will make you more valuable to your current employer, and very attractive to other companies. You must be ready to adapt, to pivot quickly to changing conditions,

It’s important to be able to adapt to changing conditions, small businesses in Australia are employing over 4.7 million Australians, to maintain your competitive advantage; employee training should become part of your objectives. Stay sharp and it will only serve you well.

Play on the Team

Being a team player should be your number one objective in a workplace. No matter if you are the manager, the office organiser, or another position. Being able to work and communicate well with your peers is not only fundamental to a cohesive and positive work environment, it will have benefits on your mental well-being and will extend into your personal life.

Making time for you and your team to get to know each other is a great way of making your team more efficient and profitable.  One simple way to do this is to engage in team building activities; Friday night drinks, casual dress days or celebrate calendar events such as Melbourne Cup Day. This way, all employees feel that they are part of a team, which can increase job satisfaction. The higher job satisfaction will in turn, build confidence and open better communication.

Start 2017 off right, you are worth the investment, you just need to show your employer that.

About Charlie

Charlie Wilson has been living and working all over Australia collaborating with other freelancers and start-ups. His background and success in small business has equipped him with a vast network of contacts and broad range of experiences within the Australian entrepreneurial scene. If you would like to hear more from Charlie, you can find him on Twitter.

 

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