If you have ever worked for a big business, you probably understand what a solid education and training program looks like. Big businesses not only have robust systems to help get new employees acclimated to their new positions, but also arrange formal programs to continually educate their employees. Big businesses understand the value in reducing the initial learning curve for employees and raise the bar by continuing their development. An education and training program not only improves the quality of the workforce but also improves morale company-wide. Investing in an education and training program from top to bottom is likely to bring the following hidden benefits:
1. Help Employees Understand Why
People become more engaged in their work when they understand the “why” behind it all. All employees contribute to an organization's overall success and functionality; however, it is not always easy for some employees to see how they contribute. Employees whose responsibilities do not span across functions cannot always see the big picture that applies to the business. Education and training can help employees understand how their work fits into their company's vision, mission, and structure. As a result, employees can become more motivated and excited about their work as they understand how their work matters to the success of the organization.
2. Show Employees They Are Valued
Training and education is an investment employers make in their work force. Training and education of employees indicates that the organization values its people and the contributions they make. It also sends a message that the organization values progress -- both in organizational achievements as well in the careers of its people. This, in turn, creates loyalty and enthusiasm among employees. Things like industry-specific certifications, classes, and seminars also help build employees’ resumes, which they are sure to appreciate.
3. Identify Top Performers
Offering continual education and training helps organizations to identify who the hungry employees are. Employees who take advantage of continual education are those that see the value in the educational opportunity and understand how it can help them better serve the organization. How employees respond to learning opportunities help management to identify good candidates for promotions and advancements. Many workers join their organizations not just to have a job but to develop a career. Opportunities for advancement are essential to employee retention and performance; however, if these prospects exist only in theory, workers can become disenfranchised. Training helps employees realize their goals by giving them the education they need not only to do their jobs better but to learn about new aspects of business and even higher-level managerial skills they can use down the line.
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