Why Personal and Professional Development Training is Important at Work

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Many people aim for a successful professional career, but not a lot reach their goals. Whether or not it is an individual’s responsibility, a company still largely affects a person’s climb up the corporate ladder. This is why training people within the company is a valuable investment, one that should not be at the bottom of your priority list.   From improving soft skills for better collaboration and productivity rates all the way to industry-specific skills training, a company can benefit from various types of personal and professional development training courses. Find out why.

Better Employee Retention Rates

Employee training is often overlooked and is probably one of the first to go when a company decides to cut costs. But what these companies fail to see is that training your people can greatly affect each individual’s outlook of the company as well as their decision to stay there.

They feel more validated. Recognizing your employees’ potential to improve their skills further allows them to feel that they are seen as important members of the company. When an employee knows that they have a definite purpose in a team and that they’re not chopped liver gives them more motivation to do better and keep up the good work.

Job satisfaction goes up. Learning is a valuable tool for employee retention and one that makes people invested. Giving your people a sense of community and letting them get further involved in your cause is a way to promote a positive professional experience. By training your employees, not only are you giving them opportunities to grow, but you are also providing them skills that they can take advantage of even outside of their professional lives.

You help prepare employees to become future leaders. Speaking of enriching their knowledge and giving them opportunities to grow, when you train your employees, you are effectively honing them to move up the corporate ladder. The training they receive opens up new avenues for their career to flourish, and by taking a more active role in this journey of theirs, you are communicating to your people your desire to see them improve in your company.

Types of Training Your Company Can Offer:

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There are many types of training a company can offer, from industry-specific upskill training to tangentially related (but relevant) skills seminars. Here are a few.

Cybersecurity Awareness. Many cyber attacks happen not through complex hacking and mainframe penetration, but through fooling employees into providing sensitive business information. Your staff needs to be trained in cybersecurity awareness to protect not just their personal data, but also the company’s. The awareness of what a phishing email is, recognizing security threats, and how it may camouflage itself as a legitimate business process can help minimize the risk of data theft.

Disaster Plans. Natural disasters are a normally unseen force that can affect your business. But besides natural disasters. It’s best to have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan to be prepared for anything that comes up your way. Most buildings would normally have an emergency route in case of a natural disaster, but providing emergency preparedness training will better increase their chances of safety. An educational program that teaches them how to utilize civilian-friendly safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher goes a long way in a scene of emergency too.

Collaboration and Leadership Training. With your staff working together, you’ll be able to effectively accomplish tasks faster. However, before this can happen, you need to identify the leaders in your team and hone that individual’s leadership skills. Through collaboration and leadership training, you’re actively improving and encouraging your employees to work and collaborate together, spreading the weight of the tasks, making them easier to accomplish. You’re also developing the next generation of leaders, giving avenues for the skilled ones to move in their career path.

Professional Certifications. Most industries have symposiums and seminars that provide further training to individuals working within that field. For a business, investing in their employee’s further training through these training seminars works great in elevating the business’ value. Your employees would be certified professionals, providing a higher quality of work- and because of this training, your employees would also feel appreciated and taken care of.

Soft Skills Training. Before your employees can collaborate, they first have to communicate. Unfortunately, not everyone is inherently good at communication. This is where soft skills training can benefit your team. It teaches people to better communicate their ideas, express their emotions, and socialize better with other people. While these improvements might sound more personal than professional, the benefits it can provide a business that hinges on collaboration is undeniable.

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