It’s a familiar business issue: to support an organization’s growth phase, workforce growth and employee development must go hand-in-hand. If you’ve ever had to answer the call for more skilled employees and bench of leaders to support expanding business goals, read on.

When our partner, a major protective services company, was growing at an accelerated rate while acquiring other companies, they wanted to seize the opportunity to upskill employees and prepare the workforce to meet new objectives across the board. They also recognized the need to unify programs put in place by different leadership groups—and who were their emerging leaders for the future?

Doing What Works

The decision was made to provide targeted learning options and strategic training through an enhanced education partnership with DeVryWORKS. Extra focus was placed on offering employees in managerial positions the chance to develop their knowledge in key business areas that could help them progress in their roles.

With expanded education benefits, plus an eye on aligning growth strategy with workforce training, the security company was able to address business needs and development priorities, which included:

• Increase employee engagement, reduce employee turnover and support career growth

• Offer training flexible enough to fit with the range of work schedules kept by employees

• Help managers, most with a criminal justice background, develop their business acumen

• Provide a pathway to a career-oriented college education that supports company goals

Building Business Acumen

The new Business Acumen course for managerial positions was launched, aimed at helping managers gain skills to put to work immediately, while becoming an integral part of the organization’s success.

Presented as part of DeVry’s modular approach to training, the Business Acumen coursework is optimized for today’s corporate learner. The academic program is comprised of college-level coursework, tailored to fit busy schedules.

Courses are delivered online and on demand, and are self-paced so managers can access them where and when it works best for them. Content areas include:

Business and Management Concepts: Introduction to management methodologies and the environments in which businesses operate.

Major Functional Areas of Business: Examining the functional areas of business such as accounting and finance, ethics, competition and team development.

Technological Factors Affecting Leadership: Exploration of operations management, information technology, and how to earn clients in the digital age.

Could your company benefit from a fresh approach to developing specific skillsets or teams? Let’s talk  about the possibilities!