Many safety departments still rely on manual processes which causes loss of time, money, reduced productivity and poor performance etc. The safety personnel and department can change this by gaining the right digital skills.
In this article, I share the major frustrations many have and how to overcome them and gain the required skills.
But I don’t need another skill.
I hear you loud and clear. Me too!
Me for example, I don’t know how to code. I. DON’T. WANT. TO. LEARN. HOW. TO. CODE.
At nearly 40, learning an entirely new tech skill is not what I need but leveraging on my existing still gives me an edge. I leave the developers to code while I partner with them, learn about their products and how to use them, and then get paid to implement them and teach people how to use their tools. Works for us.
I can do this because I have digital skills that are to die for. I don’t need to do everything but I can up-skill and improve on my existing skills which people pay for.
I know beyond the basic digital skills everyone should have. You should aim for this also if you want to get ahead at work and the safety profession.
What’s your answer to these questions?
Do you have digital skills that augment and enhance your existing skills as a safety practitioner?
Do you manage projects, teams and collaboration digitally?
Are you aware of inclusion and accessibility rules?
Do you currently use any digital systems to streamline and even automate some of your processes? If no, are you able to identify your digital needs and solve them?
Do you know how to deliver effective and interactive online learning? This is not about knowing how to host a session on zoom.
If your answer is “no” to any or all of the above, then this is for you. You need digital skills fast. It is not enough to know how to use Word to type up a report, enter numbers in Excel, send a document via email, chat on teams etc.
If you want to be seen as a superstar at work, then you need to up those skills and use them to improve your work and safety-related tasks and the performance of your safety department.
Having skills beyond health and safety will help you stand out and reduce the likelihood of you losing your job if your company decides to downsize.
The Problems many face
You have agreed that you need digital skills but somehow you may feel doubtful. I often get people tell me they don’t have what it takes to be tech-savvy.
I say that is not true.
Everyone has what it takes to go digital.
The reason why many feel technology is out of their league is primarily due to OVERWHELM.
It’s the same with finance. I see figures and financial reports and I immediately get a headache. Financial reports overwhelms me. I will gladly pay to take the burden off me.
It is the same with technology. Many would happily pay someone with the skills to help them get certain things done but guess what? Some of tech tasks we get paid for do not take a lot of time.
Take one of my clients as an example. She paid me to work on her wedding website – one of those ready-made plug and play wedding platforms that anyone should be able to work on. It took me around 2 hours to get it all sorted for her mainly because for the most part, I had her on the phone with me. If she had provided all the information beforehand, I would have been done in less than an hour. I charged her my VIP hourly rate for each hour worked. Do the math.????
If she had the skills and wasn’t overwhelmed with the platform, she would have done it herself, before the deadline she set herself, and saved herself that money. She ended up getting the website a week after her desired deadline as I wasn’t available on the spot to get her work done – we had to agree on time and date based on my availability.
Having digital skills, saves you money, and sometimes time.
Another reason many struggle with technology is, LACK OF TIME.
Not everyone has time to DIY (Do It Yourself).
DIY, as lovely as it is, can be a time waster especially when you don’t know what to do.
I know my way around WordPress and can give you a simple yet fully functional website in a day. When I first started, it would take me weeks.
If I was to perform a tech task I have never performed, or learn to use a new tool, it will take me some hours, or even days to figure it out and learn the ropes. Sometimes it feels likes wasted time but then it also means I have gained an additional skill I can use to serve my clients. So I see as part of my business process.
If it isn’t part of your business process or will be a skill to gain and monetise, it is better to pay someone to do it and spend that time on important things in your work, life or business.
That said, there are some basic digital skills everyone must have no matter how long it takes for you to learn it. Find the time. ????
The most common reason for lack of tech or digital skills is usually CONFUSION
If you need it bad enough, you will pay for it by hook or by crook. You mostly won’t if you think it is not valuable enough, not sure of the result you will get or don’t think your helper deserves what they charge you.
Confusion is one of the major challenges of business owners and safety departments.
There are just too many opinions, tools. platforms, and softwares out there. With too many options to choose from, many give up very early in their search for fear of not choosing wrongly or losing money and more time. The wrong platform can cause you great loss of time.
I have had people rush to sign up to a platform only to find it doesn’t serve them and actually makes them spend more fixing the problem.
Getting started on gaining digital skills
November and December 2020 saw me get busy in my new tech support business. Was it because 2021 was fast approaching and these new clients knew they needed to get on the digital train before they got left behind?
It is important to get as many skills as possible while we still have time. As we get older, we really don’t want to learn entirely new skills. At least I don’t. So now is the time to gain digital skills. Once you get them, I assure you, developing them and up-skilling becomes a walk in the park. It will be no longer daunting to learn a new tool or solve tech-related problems your self,
So how do you begin?
- Identify the skills you lack and need to gain.
- Prioritise them.
- Then take some courses. There are many free and paid courses online. The key is knowing which course to take. Paid is always better as you get all the necessary information. Beats searching Google for a solution you don’t know how to find.
Some get confused by what to choose or what will be helpful – that is why I set up the Digital Skills for Professionals Club. It will save you lots of time trying to figure out what course to take and what skills to gain.
Here are some of the topics we will be covering over the next months:
- Digital tools for today’s worker
- Bringing projects to life with effective mind mapping. (An awesome practice I use for almost every area of my business and work life including planning this program)
- Information Security & Data Protection
- Creating accessible resources & training content
- Interactive online learning and site inductions
- Canva for work. We will go all out to explore docs, presentations, presenting and recording and even Canva live and all the pro features.
- Digital Project Management.
- Analyse and Present data digitally. Using the everyday tools available to us.
- E-research and Surveys. Tools & Applications you can use.
- Workflows & Automations.
and so much more!
Sounds like something you would like to be a part of? You can learn more at the academy.
Look out for my next article on 5 tops digital skills every safety professional must have. I even go ahead and share some tools to help you along the way.