When employees attend trainings, they are missing out on business time which may delay the completion of their work or assignment. Regardless of the potential inconvenience and cost of training and development; organisations are consistently spending thousands of dollars on the employees training and development. They allow their employees to be taken away instead of completing their work or assignment; precious business time is being robbed. Are these training and development of employees necessary? What are the returns in spending organisation’s money and time? Does training and development provide the organisation and the individual employees with benefits that make the money and time a worthwhile investment?
Individual training is the process from which employees obtain the capabilities to perform their jobs and is an essential part of any business. Most employees have some workplace weaknesses and a training program enables them to strengthen skills that need improvement. Employees who receive necessary training are then able to perform their job better as they have become more aware of practices and procedures. The training possibly will also build confidence because of their stronger understanding of their responsibilities in their job. This confidence may push them to perform even better and think of new ways that helps them to excel. Continuous training also keeps the employees on the latest industrial developments and expands on their professional network.
Collective training, team-building programmes provide realistic experiences that empower individuals to contribute to common goals. Given our current work environment, we are all working as individuals contributing to the larger organisation. Many of these individuals do not see the bigger picture and thus a team-building program is very important in extracting the best out of the employees. The success of most organisations depends on the ability of individuals to build effective teams just like a football team. Team-building promotes better and open communication between the employees and the management. The main goals of team-building are to improve productivity and motivation. Taking employees out of their office space helps groups break down political and personal barriers. Activities in these programs are designed to motivate people to pool their talents and perform at their best individually and as team players. Team-building activities not only encourage individual development, but bring all members together for a common cause.
Organisations that send their employees for training and development programs consistently, have the advantage over employees who are left to seek out training opportunities on their own. Training is linked to employee performance and retention. Employees will not reach their full potential and will not achieve higher levels of productivity unless they are sufficiently trained.
Training impacts organisational competitiveness, revenue and performance. Sadly, when the economy takes a dive or when profits decline, many organisations first seek cuts in their training budgets. Don’t get caught in this trap and sacrifice the long-term value of your organisation. A poorly equipped employee will eventually lead to poor performance and result in costly mistakes. Training does come with a cost; training fees can be reduced and controlled through the development of an all-inclusive training plan with the training-workshop provider.
If you were given the choice between two secretaries; one is trained and the other is untrained, which one would you choose? What if the untrained secretary is willing to take on the job at a lower salary? You would still hire the trained secretary, wouldn’t you? It is therefore important to recognise the importance in employee’s training and development.