As the UK faces political uncertainty, with both Brexit and a general election looming, the business community will need to brace itself. Instability and uncertainty can affect smaller businesses more than larger corporations, especially when it comes to changes in the financial climate.

Whatever 2020 may bring, your business needs to be ready. You can’t predict political or economic changes in the UK or globally, but you can future-proof your business in a number of crucial ways.

How?

Invest in your people… It’s the most important way you can insulate and strengthen your company is by investing in your people. Worried about skills gaps, or being able to adapt to change? Start a new strategic, proactive approach right now, making people development a clear priority from 2020 onwards.

And you don’t have to do it alone. Training and people development specialists such as AvA-V can help you to define a strategy for 2020. You’ll be able to focus on achieving your goals, whether it’s creating a pipeline of talent for the next 12 months or preparing for a digital transformation so you can move into new markets.

How to be ‘change ready’ in 2020 – 6 top tips
1. Identify and invest in your people now

Your leaders will be crucial in 2020, as they’ll be on the front line if your business faces new challenges. How they react to change will ripple across the organisation, so you need innovative, cool-headed and dynamic leaders in place.

Take the time to identify your leaders, and their strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for development. AvA-V’s leadership and coaching programme can help you develop inspirational leaders, so you’ll be prepared for anything.

2. Spot skills gaps before they become a major issue

You can’t necessarily predict a sudden skills gap; Especially one that comes about as a result of financial or political uncertainty, but you can assess your current capability. Looking ahead to the next 12 months, you need to identify areas of weakness. From this you can develop a clear training or recruitment strategy to address it. You can even look further ahead, to the next generation of talent; You can look at how you’ll be able to attract the people you need and how to train them.

3. Upskill your team

With a broader skill set, your team is better equipped to respond to change. But investing in training has many other benefits too. It boosts staff morale, productivity and retention, and makes you more attractive as a company to new hires – a huge 91% of Generation Z workers look for professional training opportunities when choosing an employer.

4. Link your training strategy with clear business goals

Before you start investing in learning and development for the coming year, you need to define your overall goals as a business for 2020. What challenges will you face, and how will you overcome them? This is where it becomes invaluable to have a bespoke strategy in place for training and recruitment.

5. Focus on sales

If you’re worried about a downturn in customers and sales in 2020, it could be a smart idea to invest in your sales team. Professional sales training can help you build a more efficient pipeline, deliver a higher standard of service, nurture more leads and crucially – close more deals. It could make a huge difference to your bottom line in 2020.

6. Offer Virtual Classroom Training

One effective method to train employees and upskill teams that has been growing in popularity in recent years and is a trend that looks set to continue into 2020, is through virtual classroom training. Rather than having to physically be in a classroom, offering training through virtual, remote classroom settings, comes with a number of benefits for both employers and employees. The benefits of virtual classroom training include:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Increased convenience
  • Time saving
  • Higher levels of participation and engagement
  • Better knowledge retention
  • Quicker feedback

Invest in your people through AvA-V’s virtual training courses.

Take a look at AvA-V’s industry-leading learning and development programmes, or call us on 01565 758 000 to discuss a bespoke, virtual training strategy for your business.