Here’s a mental exercise for anyone who doubts the value of advanced employee training and corporate development programs. Think of yourself and your own life. Think of all your intellectual achievements and professional successes.
Now picture how many of those accomplishments would have been completely impossible had you stopped going to school in the sixth or seventh grades. It’s a ridiculous proposition but it’s not far removed from what happens when professionals stop learning their craft. Whether you’re in sales, marketing or information technology, you can always benefit and grow from learning new skills and building on your existing ones.
For businesses that aren’t certain whether investing in professional development is worth the cost, here are a few ideas that may change your mind.
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The Value of Training
If you step back and look at the value of continuing education and professional development, you’ll see that investing in your staff’s professional growth is something that can be reflected in annual revenues.
For starters, let’s start with productivity. When your employees have the chance to pick up current best practices and apply them to their own work, you’ve given them the tools they’ll need to succeed.
Hearing new ideas also helps keep staff members stimulated and working in top form.
For the same reason you wouldn’t quit learning in sixth grade, your professional education should last your whole career.
Training without Disruption
Most business owners are, quite understandably, concerned about the lost productivity and disruptions that usually accompany employee training, especially if it’s off site. After all, spending a few days away from home at a hotel can be very distracting.
That’s why more and businesses are turning to corporate video training and online learning programs that can be done on site. This type of coursework can be custom designed to suit your specific needs and goals. In fact, most managers are pleasantly surprised when they find out how simple and affordable custom e-learning packages can be.
Valuable Value-Priced Training
While employees love heading off site, and preferably out of town, for employee training their employers don’t always feel the same way. Very few companies are willing to front the expense of sending staffers off for a few days of quasi vacation that’s scheduled around a few training sessions.
Onsite, or online, learning allows employers to keep their workers near their work, and ultimately winds up costing a lot less money in the long run. These programs also allow workers to learn at their own pace and repeat lessons as many times as it takes to really understand the material.
If you’re clever enough to see the connection between return on investment (ROI) and improved training course work, you understand how important this concept can be.