HR is operating in a competitive world where resources are limited, and talent is at a prime. Organizations must continue to recruit and retain great employees while consistently encouraging the growth and development of their current employees.
The desire to learn and develop should be embedded in your company’s culture. Developing your employees helps them to feel valued and appreciated. Providing training and development programs is an investment in the long-term health and culture of your organization.
To reinforce the value of your training program, all levels of leadership must make a solid commitment to employee development, not only to maintain high performance, but to also keep employees satisfied and fulfilled with their careers.
No matter how you decide to tackle your employee engagement programs, you must ensure employees’ involvement in their own development journey. Employees must feel they are invested in their self-improvement, course choices and their ability to give feedback and suggestions. Involving employees in their own training and development decisions result in improved training outcomes and return of investment. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it will also help reduce employee turn-over due to a lack of growth opportunities.
Long-term commitment and investing in employee development and growth creates an opportunity to facilitate a learning-first business culture and form greater connections and collaboration by learning and practicing these new skills together.
Keep on Learning!
—Amy Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE
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