We live in a world increasingly dependent on automation and the tools associated with it. New technologies and other innovations allow individuals and companies to optimize their daily workload and perform a number of activities with less effort. In addition, having these types of tools available is a factor that motivates many employees to train and improve their skills.
But it’s also equally important to evaluate the different training tools and methods available to employees. Online modules, face-to-face sessions, videos, or e-books, for example, can be used to teach company-specific skills.
Once the methods and tools have been selected, HR managers can plan the development of technical skills in various ways, depending on the schedule, group size, or the most appropriate method for evaluating the results of training.
What do we mean when we talk about technical or hard skills?
Technical skills, or hard skills are the knowledge and abilities acquired through study or experience that enable someone to carry out their duties. To put it another way, they’re the necessary skills required to perform specific tasks in a job and are therefore different from soft skills. It’s common for companies to look for these skills when assessing potential new employees.
Some examples of hard skills are:
- Computer skills: this refers to software, hardware, and I.T. skills. This could be, for example, knowledge of programming, web design, database management, networks, or I.T. security.
- Production skills: related to the production of consumer goods and industrial production.
- Financial skills: related to financial management, such as budgeting, accounting, or investment management.
- Marketing skills: used to promote and publicize products or services. These include skills related to digital marketing, content marketing, or global market positioning strategies.
- Sales skills: used to sell products or services. They include skills related to direct sales or telesales.
Understanding hard skills
To give a hypothetical example, a person who has studied and specialized in a specific field and has many years of experience would be considered a professional who possesses the hard skills required to carry out the necessary activities in a specific department.
However, their specialization and competence may no longer be enough to guarantee the quality of their work while carrying out their professional duties. For this reason, it’s essential to have a personalized continuous training process, adapted to the professional’s environment, so that they may develop themselves.
The Editor, an ideal tool for improving hard skills
Gamelearn’s authoring tool, the Editor, allows companies to create courses as video games (game-based learning), customized to adapt to the needs of all professional profiles.
The Editor allows for the creation of quality, low-cost, customized, and scalable training. In short, a tool such as the Editor helps to optimize the development of internal talent in organizations, stimulating employee engagement and effectively contributing to achieving training and business objectives.
Apart from the option of creating custom-made serious games, Gamelearn also offers, through its catalog of ready-to-play training video games, courses that focus on hard skills, such as Crypto (the principals of cybersecurity), the Lumière series (sales prospecting techniques), or Classified (data protection regulations). Take a look at all we have to offer!