Employee training and development slipped some during the past couple of years of economic hard times for many employers. But, hard times means that training and developing the employees you have becomes even more important.
You cannot afford to lose the competitive advantage that skilled people who continue to develop and play at the top of their game give your organization. And, the desire to continue to grow and develop skills and pursue a career path in your organization is one of the key factors in employee retention - key employee retention.
I have written about one of my preferred methods for providing training that makes a real difference in how people manage their work environment. Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood expand this idea and recommend how to create the best training and learning environment for adults.
I have also discussed the expectation you need to have that employees, who have participated in a training or conference event, share their new knowledge and experience with coworkers. These methods maximize the bang you get for the bucks you spend on training.
Conferences and training events and seminars are not your only opportunity to train employees. Think creatively and you will identify a myriad of alternatives. I have listed ways in which organizations can pursue training and development opportunities for their employees. Additionally, the on-the-job development opportunities are extraordinary when your focus is continuous employee development.
These opportunities for training exist both internally and externally. Advances in technology are making customized training easier and more accessible. Factors in your work environment such as the expectation for and the appreciation of learning matter, too.
What Training Opportunity Have I Missed?
I have shared some of my ideas about how to make training a vital facet of your culture. I have also shared several ideas about environmental dynamics that will promote learning in your organization. What do you do in your organization - or wish that you did - that I missed? What does Human Resources do to support training and development efforts? Please share these opportunities in "comments" below.
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