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Why you should invest in continual employee training

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Kerrie-Anne Chinn, Content & Editorial Manager
2018-08-12

Think employee training is only necessary when onboarding new staff? You might want to think again.

It’s not just new hires who need to receive proper training and development. If you want to get the best results from your team members, while helping them grow in their career, you should be investing in ongoing and continual employee training.

Putting time and energy into professional development isn’t just beneficial to staff – it’s equally important for your business. Let’s take a look at the benefits of investing in a long-term employee training program.

Keeping Company Knowledge Relevant and Up-to-Date

Investing in ongoing professional development training, through regular courses, workshops and seminars, will ensure your employees are constantly refreshing their skills and acquiring new ones.

This is particularly beneficial for anyone working in a fast-paced and continually evolving industry. These days, new skills can become outdated in a matter of months, particularly in the technology and creative industries for example.

The fact is, knowledge needs to stay relevant to be of any use – there’s no point being highly skilled in an outdated program or having a wealth of knowledge about certain processes that simply aren’t used anymore.

By committing to ongoing training for your staff, you’ll have peace of mind that your employees always have the most relevant and up-to-date skills and knowledge. This will give employees greater confidence in their skill set, as well as the ability to transfer new knowledge and practices across the organisation to other team members.

Increased Employee Performance and Engagement

With ongoing training, you can also expect to see the benefits of increased employee performance, engagement, and job satisfaction.

As an employer, you no doubt want your staff to feel motivated, energised and satisfied in their work. Committing to continual employee training is one of the best ways to make sure this is happening in your organisation.

Believe it or not, more money isn’t always at the top of the list of what staff want. Many workers are motivated by the non-financial factors that a company can provide them with, such as opportunities for career development and growth. There’s no doubt that today’s employees place high value on the amount that a company invests in employee learning.

By showing staff that your company is committed to ongoing professional development, you’re more likely to attract high level candidates and retain good employees. This lowers staff turnover rates and associated hiring costs. With increased employee engagement, you’re also likely to see higher levels of job satisfaction and team morale, leading to the development of a positive workplace culture for all.

Making Employee Training a Continual Process

So how do you make sure employees are receiving continual professional development training?

Online training courses have become a very successful and popular way for staff to receive ongoing learning and development in the workplace.

Your team members can simply enroll and complete training modules online, using a Learning Management System such as the Go1 platform. This way, you can engage staff in self-directed development, through customised training modules they can access anywhere, anytime.

Informal learning methods, such as mentoring programs, will also help employees reach their full potential, ensuring they’re ready to take on opportunities for higher duties or pursue a new career path. Informal learning in conjunction with more formal modes of training is a great way to make sure staff are receiving information and skills that are aligned with the values and direction of the organisation.

Ready to Give Your Employees the Training they Need?

Taking all of these factors into consideration, you can see how ongoing employee training brings great benefits to both staff and the business.

Investing in training tools that provide continual and ongoing development for staff will help your employees to become more engaged, productive, skilled, and satisfied in their work. And with higher levels of staff productivity and engagement, you can expect to see better results across the whole company.

 

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