Here at Skillacademy, we always love hearing from teams about how they’re benefitting from learning technical skills. It’s inspiring to see that there’s so much to be gained from learning to code beyond the skill itself.
5 benefits of technical training from Skillacademy for Teams customers
We spoke with leaders at five companies that are using Skillacademy for Teams to find out how their teams have benefitted from learning to code. Read on to find out what they said.
Teams are more motivated and engaged
One of the most common things we hear from our customers is that their teams feel more motivated and engaged. Adam Godson, Chief Product Officer at Paradox, shares with us:
“Investing in our team’s continued learning is of utmost importance, for both the success of our business and the betterment of each employee. Skillacademy for Teams equips us with the technical skills and tools we need to be an industry leader, while keeping our employees engaged, motivated, and connected to one another through learning.”
Why it matters: When you invest in your employees’ development it sends the message that you believe in their potential and the value they bring to the table. In turn, they feel more connected and committed to the organization’s goals. By showing them that you’re thinking about their future, they’ll be more likely to picture their future with you.
People feel empowered to innovate on their own
When employees level up their technical skills, they gain the knowledge and confidence to run with new ideas. Matthew Marsh from Fleetpride explains:
“My employees progressed from zero to 100 very quickly using the Skillacademy system. It has completely changed what they can do to implement their own innovations instead of waiting for IT support and resources.”
Why it matters: Think about what your team could do if everyone had the skills and knowledge to independently explore an idea and execute on it. For example, by knowing how to query data in SQL, a marketer might uncover useful customer behavior data that otherwise wouldn’t have come to light.
Teams feel more connected
Learning with Skillacademy can build community, and not just among those taking on a new skill. At The Motley Fool, even the seasoned developers get involved. Johnnie Weathersby, BI Team Lead, tells us:
“Skillacademy has created great opportunities for interaction within the team and with our developers. It provides a great opportunity to share what they know and to interact with us. Seeing the little bit of community that’s built out around this group of people learning with Skillacademy is extremely valuable. We have 50 people in the group, which is great considering we just started.”
Why it matters: Working towards a common goal together creates more opportunities for team members to interact with each other, especially for roles that don’t regularly cross paths. This creates a connection that will live on even after learning ends — and prove valuable when people need to collaborate in the future.
Cross-functional collaboration improves due to a shared language
With a basic understanding of code, non-technical roles can understand and speak the same terminology used by more technical teams. Take it from one Learning and Development Advisor who experienced this:
“The digital team has been putting in a lot of time using it and reaping the benefits. It’s ensuring a shared language.”
Why it matters: When both non-technical and technical teams understand code, less gets lost in translation. For example, a product manager may better understand the amount of work required for a developer to implement a new feature. This makes it easier for everyone to stay on the same page as far as expectations and timelines — creating connection around crushing a shared goal.
Clients and stakeholders receive more value
Everyone wins when teams upskill, even your customers. One Skillacademy for Teams account manager at a development shop tells us:
“It has allowed me and my team to become more proficient in technological and digital areas. We now have more knowledge in computer science, embedded programming and other skills that allow us to provide better value to our clients and stakeholders.”
Why it matters: When your team has more programming languages in their toolbox, it opens up more possibilities for innovation. And those who interface with customers are better equipped to understand their needs and troubleshoot issues. In the end, the more tech-savvy your team, the more customers — and anyone else invested in your organization’s success — will benefit.
Support your team — and beyond
As you can see, equipping your team with technical skills goes beyond being able to write code. It’s an investment in their professional development, and the benefits spill over to other teams, customers, and the business overall. Ready to start investing in your team today? Get started here.