February 24, 2017 - What comes to mind when you hear the term certifications? A resume booster that determines which job candidates you accept? The object standing between you and that job promotion you are running full speed ahead towards?
Contrary to popular belief, certifications are not just a fancy piece of paper to hang in your cubicle or to reference on your LinkedIn page. Certifications are an efficient way to systematically assess skill competency in the work place.
So why is it worth your time to make sure there is a certification process in place at your work?
Certifications Build the Business
Certifications build credibility and streamline internal processes. It sets a standard for what skills you need to have in order to be recognized as knowledgeable in a certain area. As an added bonus, it is an excellent way to maintain quality assurance. For example, a company may choose to certify their employees in Microsoft Office once they have proven their ability to organize Excel spreadsheets, write concise meeting minutes successfully in Word, and design lively PowerPoint presentations for team meetings. Once an employee is certified, a manager can feel confident in their employee’s ability to thrive independently and to produce the best quality product.
From a business perspective, creating a certification process can improve existing internal processes. Creating clear requirements makes expectations for excellence transparent. When training goals are plain to see, it benefits both management and the employees. It gives managers a heads up as to which employees have the skill sets necessary for a particular project or promotion.
Certifications Celebrate the Individual
Clear training goals and certification requirements can motivate employees to actively participate in training and learn new skill sets that benefit their career and their company at large. Employee engagement is half of the battle when it comes to training.
Internal certification programs create opportunities for you the celebrate the individual. Your company is filled to the brim with talented and creative people with unique skill sets. Everyone enjoys being recognizes for their hard work and accomplishments, and this is a tangible way to recognize employees for their effort and achievement.
Creating certification goals can even create a long-term sense of job engagement, as it breaks up redundancy of the work day with personal, targeted goals to strive towards. and provides a validation of skills that can increase an employee’s sense of self-confidence. Employees who feel valued for their contributions tend to stick around and be more invested in the company’s well-being and growth.
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by: Madelyn Fagan
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