Continuous employee professional development is crucial to ensure your organization has the flexibility to adapt to an ever-evolving business landscape. With technologies, industry trends, and customer demands changing regularly, your workforce is the key to making sure your organization is at the forefront of tackling these changes.
To do this, your organization must prioritize professional development for employees. As such, we’ll explore why professional development is important, including the role of continuous learning, and how you can cultivate a learning culture.
Continuous professional development should be a key part of any organization’s growth strategy as it has two major benefits:
Each of these benefits feeds into one another to build a culture of learning. When your employees develop, they’re more engaged, which helps them to perform better. This allows your business to serve its customers better, which can reduce costs and increase revenue. By doing this, you feed back into the continuous development of employees, allowing for further innovation and growth,
To understand the importance of continuous development, consider the following business impacts:
Once you understand the impact of professional development programs on employees, you can begin implementing one at your organization. The good news is you likely already have the tools and resources you need to make it happen:
Creating a culture of continuous professional development is only possible by utilizing the right technology. In-person training and classroom-type sessions will always have their place, but with many organizations working from different office locations, or adopting hybrid or remote working, ensuring you have the right technology is vital. For example, even in a virtual working environment, video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet ensure tutor-led learning and workshops still have their place.
There are many benefits to using an LMS, but one of the key benefits is how accessible and flexible training can be. You can access training at any time, using any device. Features such as single sign-on (SSO) allow employees to access training and make the best use of their time, while microlearning means that even if an employee has just 10 minutes to spare, they can still use that time to learn.
From an administrative point of view, LMSs also provide you with data about engagement and course completion, allowing managers to offer extra support to employees who need it.
At Go1, we have a huge database of online learning resources that can be integrated with hundreds of LMSs. So, whatever skills your employees want to develop, you can easily provide them with the resources they need.
Key performance indicators (KPIs) for learning initiatives are important for tracking the effectiveness and ROI of training programs. Below are some KPIs your business can use to measure the impact of training:
Now that you know how to enable professional development, why not start upskilling your employees? At Go1, we have a vast selection of online training courses that integrate with hundreds of LMSs, making personalized learning at scale simple.
For more information, download our guide on five new thinking habits for a smarter, stronger L&D, or speak to one of our experts to find out how Go1 can upskill your workforce.