Every HR professional knows that a trained workforce is absolutely critical for business success, especially in today’s competitive marketplace. Yet, companies are not spending the time or the money to ensure they cultivate a well-trained workforce. Many organizations still view training as an optional expense. When times are good, they invest. But during tight times, training budgets are often the first on the chopping block. If you want your company to consistently invest more in training, it’s important to understand the real business benefits of quality employee training and development.
Support Succession Plans
Ongoing training and development deepens your future leadership bench and allows you to hire senior managers from within. Investing in the development of employees allows them to see a path for their careers within your organization, lessening the chances they will seek next-level opportunities somewhere else.
Improve Operational Efficiency
Training helps increase efficiency and productivity within the organization. It also helps to ensure better consistency and compliance in processes. When the organization runs like a well-oiled machine, it helps leaders more accurately project outcomes and meet organizational goals.
Helps Create Best-In-Class Standards
Training your team in industry standards and best practices protects your reputation in the market and can help you emerge as a leader in your niche. Today, most markets are saturated and establishing yourself as a standard-bearer will set your organization apart from the competition.
Increase Employee Value
Cross-training employees in other areas of the business, as well as up-skilling and multi-skilling makes them able to step into new roles as-needed and helps prevent bottlenecks. Employees that know more than just “their job” and who hold diverse skill sets increase their value.
People inherently want to learn and grow. While some have a greater drive than others, most employees don’t want to remain stagnant throughout their careers. Investing in training shows that the company values their desire to learn and grow. As the benefits of increased value, best-in-class standards, greater efficiency and leadership opportunities begin to become apparent, employees will feel more engaged and connected to their work.
Training Is Important, But It’s Not A Magic Bullet
Training investments are investments in the future of your business, but no matter how talented and happy your workforce may be, it is not a fool-proof answer to long-term retention. Talented people will still leave, and as the company grows, you will have to look outward in order to find talent to fill those roles.
If you are looking to improve organizational hiring and retention strategies, or if you are looking to staff your HR department with top talent, connect with the professional recruiters at Contemporary Staffing Solutions today. We can help you build a team that will help you emerge as an industry leader.