Employee Training and Development: The benefits and why it’s important

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Employee Training and Development: The benefits and why it’s important
08
Jul

Employee Training and Development: The benefits and why it’s important

I recently came across a thought provoking post for the day which said “Nothing is more urgent than standing” by the very inspiring Indra Nooyi. Also linking the thought to one of her speeches at one of her many award ceremonies where she said “one of the keys to success is to be a lifelong student”.

Generally once we get a job the normal tendency is to keep at it and hold on to the job. You get on the job, you get some initial training or are on probation for a certain period until you have learnt how to work on the job and then we tend to go on the auto pilot. Being an ex-banker myself I have seen so many co-workers who have been doing the same job for years. Well of course depends on what our life choices are. Some of us would not like to rock the boat, or just let the job be that one aspect of life you want to keep constant while you want to focus on other variables that keep you challenged. Now we are talking about the auto pilot side of the coin.

In today’s fast paced environment with tremendous technological transformation it is important for workplaces to provide the necessary platforms to employees for training. Staff training and development could be in different forms, such as either on the job learning which research suggests has to be continuous and repetitive to stay in the memory for long or training and development of soft skills and leadership. Especially with the availability of apps, chat bots and various online learning programmes workplaces will have a lot to offer. It is important for organisations to stay abreast of the available options in providing platforms for employees to access and develop.

While you can never take away the impact of print media on learning and memory, it is good to have technology driven programmes to deliver high impact training. One of the many advantages of soft platforms is that they can come with the option of being available and accessible at any time for any quick references or just brush up the memory. Staff engagement can be increased by making programmes or training modules available on smart phones, apps or other useful media. It can help revise before those class room sessions. Also the required skill set to perform a job can be made available online with demos and examples on how to deliver. This would not only increase the quality of output of employees but also make your organisation an employee friendly user friendly workplace. Remember it will also contribute to those pull factors that make talented employees sticky.

Also it is a good way to track employee programme from those 1-2-1 meetings point of view. It is a good scientific way to monitor progress and give that push where necessary to employees who are struggling. Also the new phenomenon of assistive technology for people with learning disabilities is a great way to bring them into mainstream performance objectives.

Most of all technology driven learning can support the desire to be a lifelong student where you are not standing still. Training can be accessed anywhere anytime.

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