26 Sep Learning tech skills – why your colleagues will be happy
Don’t get us wrong: You should be the number one reason for self-improvement and career progression. It’s you who will show the courage to learn something new, and you who will do the work involved. And, of course, it’s you who will reap the greatest benefits.
But a pleasant side-effect of tech upskilling is that your colleagues will like it too. Here are some reasons why they’ll appreciate your new skills…
You’re more self-sufficient and independent (freeing up tech staff)
The first people to thank you when you upskill might be the tech or IT department: When you upskill, you’ll be less dependent on them to solve your tech-based problems. That means fewer questions to that team.
Depending on your level of upskilling, you might even be able to tackle some tech projects yourself – freeing your colleagues up even further.
You’ll work faster
New tech skills will make just about every aspect of your work more efficient.
With a stronger grounding in tech knowledge, you’ll be better equipped to work across a range of disciplines: Organisation will get easier as you learn new tech tools, the benefits of data analysis and cloud computing will become apparent, and best of all, you’ll be more independent.
Your troubleshooting skills will improve
A surprising benefit of tech upskilling is that some skills will transfer to everyday situations: Coding will train you with greater attention to detail, building websites will show you new ways to problem-solve and general tech knowledge will help you see the world (and its problems) more clearly.
Tech upskilling helps with your lateral thinking, reverse-engineering of problems and seeing things from different perspectives.
You’ll understand projects more clearly
For many, tech projects are a mystery: You give them an assignment or a problem and they work on it on their own, shrouded in mystery. But with tech training, you’ll understand every step of their process, how long they take, and why they take that long.
As the fog lifts, you’ll understand more and more of what that mysterious department does. And they’ll appreciate it.
You’ll communicate better
And finally, communication in general will improve when your tech skills do. Jargon will no longer be jargon, words and acronyms will have meaning and processes and languages will be relevant.
Armed with this new linguistic skill, your meetings will be more productive, written communications will be clearer and colleagues will appreciate the effort you’ve made to understand them better.
Learning new tech skills brings a slew of unexpected perks – the most pleasant and surprising of which can be a warmer working environment.