Connected Worker Platforms | Upskilling Employees on Grid

Shariq Ansari
March 27, 2023
5 mins to read
Increased collaboration across all levels of hierarchy is integral to employee upskilling.

Connected worker platforms are a type of technology that is designed to help workers learn new skills, stay up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, and collaborate with their peers. These platforms are either web-based or mobile-based, and they use a variety of technologies, including data analytics and machine learning, to deliver personalized training and up-skilling programs to workers.

Specialized Training Programs

We have previously discussed the degree of personalization that these platforms provide, and it also holds true for training programs that very skillfully cater to the needs of specific employees or teams. By using data analytics, these platforms can analyze data about workers' performance and skills, to identify areas where they need to improve. Based on this analysis, the platform can recommend training programs that are tailored to workers' specific needs.

This personalization is important because it helps to ensure that workers are getting the training and up-skilling they need to be successful in their tasks. For example, if a worker is struggling with filtering data, the application can identify this and recommend a tutorial that covers this aspect. This can help the worker to improve their performance, which can ultimately lead to better outcomes for the company as a whole.

Real-time Access

Another benefit is the platform's ability to deliver access to training and up-skilling programs in real time. This means that workers can access training materials and resources on demand, whenever they need them. This can be particularly useful in industries that are rapidly evolving, such as manufacturing, where workers need to stay up-to-date in order to remain competitive.

Real-time training can also help workers to be more productive, as they can quickly access the information they need to complete their tasks. For example, if a worker needs to use a new feature, they can quickly access a video or a guide on the app, rather than having to spend time searching for information on their own.

Continuous Collaboration

Connected worker platforms can also facilitate collaboration between workers, allowing them to share knowledge and expertise with one another. This can be particularly valuable in industries where teamwork and collaboration are essential, such as mining or infrastructure.

real-timeFor example, imagine a group of workers who are working on a complex infrastructure project. Through a connected worker platform, they can collaborate seamlessly, enabling process transparency and best practices for completing the project successfully. This can help to ensure that the project is completed on time and on budget, while also helping the workers get a hang of new skills and knowledge.

Employees no longer have to halt operations and spend time on training sessions, when it can readily be accessible on their mobiles.

The Edge over Traditional Approach

The way connected worker systems address some of the issues with conventional training programs is one of its greatest advantages. Traditional training programs are infamous for being time-consuming and expensive, as they often require workers to take considerable time off from work to attend training sessions. This can be particularly challenging for companies that operate in industries with tight deadlines or limited staffing. It's impractical to bring the supply chain to halt to upskill frontline workers, as this would disrupt the demand-supply gap. As a result, frontline workers suffer from stagnancy while companies suffer from not being able to harness their potential. Connected worker platforms offer a way to deliver training programs in a more flexible and cost-effective manner, which can help companies to meet their training needs without disrupting their operations.

Is the road as smooth as it seems?

No. There are a few challenges that need to be addressed in order to fully realize the potential of connected worker platforms. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring that workers have access to the technology and infrastructure needed to use these platforms effectively. For example, workers in remote or underserved areas may not have access to high-speed internet or other necessary technologies. Companies will need to invest in the necessary infrastructure to ensure that all workers have access to the technology they need to participate in connected worker programs. To overcome this, SaaS platforms like Grid provide users with the option to reap all the benefits of a connected worker platform on consumer-grade smartphones with or without the availability of an internet connection.

Overall, the future of job training and up-skilling through connected worker platforms look very promising. As more companies adopt these platforms, workers will have greater opportunities to learn new skills, stay up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, and collaborate with their peers. This, in turn, will lead to a more skilled and productive workforce, which will be essential for driving innovation and growth in the years to come.

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Shariq Ansari
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