Skills and competency improvement helps you accomplish job targets.
Skill is the ability to do a task, an assignment, a piece of work, a job, or some other thing well.
Competence is the capability to do something intellectually and physically.
Constant use of a skill sharpen it apart from the benefits that can result from it. Such beneficial results include improving the quality of your work thus contributing to the quality of service that your employer is providing.
A child, for example, slowly learns to fend for himself or herself until such actions become part of his or her skills in growing up. And he or she learns to do them well.
The same is true of a newly-recruited employee. The same is true for you whether you are newly employed or promoted to a higher position. Look for opportunities to attend skills and competency improvement training.
The ability to do things well is gained through training and or experience. In this context, experience refers to work experience.
Training constitute an important and a big role in human resource development to provide new skills, to enhance competence, and to build capabilities.
For example, you can provide or arrange for on-the-job training for new employees to speed-up their learning and to shorten their learning curve.
As an employer or manager, you want your workers to possess all the abilities required to perform their jobs well. You expect your people to finish every assignment well and on time.
This is what you expect because you know the same is expected of you yourself.
People in managerial and supervisory positions must possess all the necessary competencies.
In order to achieve better results they must not only become competent managers but also effective leaders. Managers, whether or not they have previous experience, need to undergo skills and competency improvement programs regularly. In this way, they are always up-to-date.
Many employers have a policy of training their staff on an on-going basis. However, if there is no such policy, employees have to personally take action to improve themselves.
You need to attend courses from time to time. Sometimes, there are free courses available.
It can also happen that people selected to attend courses cannot attend due to official commitment.
If any of these courses are relevant to your job, inquire from your employer or superior whether you can attend instead. This is one of the golden opportunities for you to attend training programs. It is more probable than not that you will get the approval. Usually the training fees are already paid and late cancellation will get your organization penalized.
Take action to continuously undergo skills and competency training. Being more able and competent will help you as you progress in your career. You can make yourself an expert and a source of reference for the purpose of important management decisions.