The cloud and employee development

The cloud is making the working day better for employees. It is doing this in a range of different ways, including:

  • Giving staff the technology they need to get the job done
  • Streamlining and simplifying working processes (so they get more done, quicker)
  • Providing access to documents, data and apps on the move
  • Facilitating remote working (and therefore improving the employee work/life balance).

But there is one other area where the cloud is delivering considerable benefits to employees, and that’s when it comes to career development and training.

Cloud-based training is accessible

Employees are keen to learn. Millennials, in particular, value learning and development. But this training doesn’t have to be carried out during group sessions in a rushed lunch-hour. Today, by providing 24/7 access to learning materials, the cloud makes it possible for employees to train in their own time, at their own pace, and in a location they feel comfortable.

The cloud makes it easy to provide employee feedback

Employee performance shouldn’t just be evaluated once a year. Instead, by ensuring an open and ongoing dialogue between manager and employee, cloud computing ensures people are more engaged with the business. It also means that any issues can be better addressed before they become a problem. This is especially valuable for teams with remote workers.

The cloud can help to tackle the gender divide when it comes to career progression

Despite advances, in many sectors, women are still under-represented when it comes to senior positions. And, as long as women remain the primary caregivers for their children, a rigid attachment to traditional office hours is always going to be tricky. This is particularly true for mothers returning from maternity leave.

A continued pressure to work in a traditional manner means that many women are being forced to exit the workforce – and they are taking all their valuable skills and knowledge with them. However, the cloud could be used to help women (and indeed, all employees) to work more flexibly. And that could have significant benefits when it comes to career progression.

What’s more, because cloud data is easier to interrogate than more traditional information, organisations could use this to uncover valuable insights. For example, whether any manager divide exists between the sexes.

The cloud can help to retain valuable skills

In some industries, losing trained staff to retirement is a real concern. Especially when the next generation doesn’t have the skills to replace them. But, the cloud makes it easier to offer older employees more flexible working opportunities and career progression. And that could go a long way towards solving this problem.

The cloud can make training personal

Everyone learns a little differently, and personalised learning sees an adjusting of the programme of study, teaching style, and learning environment to meet the needs of each individual. So, it’s no surprise that personalised learning is shown to motivate people into becoming investors in their own training and development.

Of course, doing this in a traditional session can be very difficult. But, with the cloud, it’s easy to recognise and cater for differences. For example, by providing reading materials for those that like to read and write, and a video on the same topic for those that learn better through watching/listening.

And, here again, by making use of the data, training analytics can be used to develop more productive and successful training programmes.

To find out more about how cloud technology can help support you and your employees, contact us for a no-obligation chat. 

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