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How to give your employees skill building benefits

5 Minutes

Employee development is about more than picking up a few skills. It’s also about increasing employee morale and building a strong business. In your company’s day-to-day routine, professional development activities may not seem like a priority.  But it’s important that your employees continue to learn and grow professionally. According to go2HR, 40% of people who receive poor employee training leave within the first year. Employee development not only benefits the individual, but it will benefit your company as well.

Here are some ways to build your team into a powerful, resourceful, connected, engaged and committed group. 

Recognize Accomplishments Employee appreciation is very important. According to a study by the APA, 93% of employees who feel valued are more motivated to do their best work. Keeping employees happy and appreciated is an easy way to encourage growth. They’ll feel excited about the prospect of learning more, because you recognize what they’ve already done.

Allow for Growth Within the Company Strive for a company that has upward mobility. If an employee is doing well, allow for promotion opportunities that will give them a sense of accomplishment. Even if your company doesn’t have any higher positions at the moment, consider assigning your employee additional responsibilities. It will make them feel like they are succeeding — because they are!

Prioritize Professional Skill Development Taking the time to focus on specific skills that could use work — and actually working on them — will help your team become better professionals. Maybe your employees would benefit from a public speaking expert coming in, or they could use a workshop to work on their writing skills. Honing in on employee development is not only important for them as an individual — your company will benefit from their improvements.

Encourage Outside Class Attendance Employees can — and should — work on themselves outside of the workplace as well. Push your employees to attend classes, sessions, or conferences focusing on essential skills that are linked to your industry. Afterwards, encourage employees to discuss what they learned with their peers.

Encourage Networking Most people think of networking as a necessary evil for finding a new job. But staying connected and knowing others in the business will help your employee grow in their role over time. Also, your employees’ networks can benefit your company as well. Who knows when a certain connection will come in handy for a business deal, or to fill a needed position in the office.

Implement Cross-Departmental Training Allow space in your company for employees to learn from different departments. They’ll understand the inner workings of your company better, and fresh eyes might notice something about that specific department that should be changed. Give them easy ways to learn from each other even if it is just making curry or learning how to plant an herb garden, all skills are good skills.

Give Them Resources Make sure your employees know where to find valuable information. Whether you have an online database of professional organizations they can join, classes they can attend, or you host monthly “lunch and learns,” your employees should have the tools to know how they can move forward.

Offer Tuition Reimbursement If relevant to your industry, consider tuition reimbursement (or partial tuition reimbursement) for your employees’ continued skill learning. It’s a fabulous benefit that will not only attract the best and the brightest talent, but will also allow your employees to grow and learn.

Be a Role Model If you’re engaging in some of the above activities, your employees will be more likely to as well. Make professional development a norm at your company. Be a role model for your team.

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