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How to Tap Into the Hidden Skills of your Workforce

How to Tap Into the Hidden Skills of Your Workforce

How to Tap Into the Hidden Skills of Your Workforce

Your employees possess skills and qualities to do the job they were employed to do, but many have hidden capabilities that are not being utilised.

This untapped potential hidden in your workforce is like a seam of gold running through a mountain. If you search for and use this potential, not only will your organisation benefit, but your employees will have a greater feeling of job satisfaction..

1. Assume the potential exists.

Potential is hidden. Although you cannot see it, you must first assume it exists.

Therefore, your first step is to believe in the potential of others.

2. Distinguish between being educated and being intelligent.

There are many intelligent, but not well-educated people. Those that exist in your workforce have within them potential which your organisation should seek to tap into.

Identify the people in your team that are smart, intelligent and perceptive, but not necessarily well-educated.

Ask them in for a chat and see what you can do to help them actualise their full creative potential.

3. Create systems to allow the workforce to make suggestions on how to improve business systems.

The employees implementing the systems, policies and plans formed by the management, soon learn where they are deficient.

They will often have terrific ideas that would remedy the problem; but they are not consulted.

If organisations ask for, and act upon the workforce's negative feedback, together with the corresponding suggested corrective actions, then the organisation's progress will accelerate.

4. Encourage self-improvement training programmes in all members of the team.

Many people know they have more to offer but they don't have the confidence to say.

Managers need to give employees the opportunity to discuss what training they would like to receive, in order to facilitate their development.

Then managers to act on this information and develop their employees potential.

Developing staff in this way will reap huge rewards, both for the employee and for the organisation.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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