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Embrace a Learning Culture: Don’t Let Training be Your Stumbling Block

By Kevin Young

We often find ourselves helping businesses overcome the fear of investing in training their employees. Organisations feel they will use it to their advantage and walk out the door five minutes later to join a competitor.

But our research shows that organisations don’t need to worry.  The top motivation (64 percent) for office workers to attend training is to improve in their current job, which almost four in five of them plan to stay in for at least two years. These people just want to do their jobs well.

Once more organisations realise they don’t need to be afraid of educating their workers, a new world of possibilities can open up. Some people find this kind of stumbling block in their path for all of their lives, and failure to get over it can really hold them back. Encouraging your employees to utilize business training programs by having a learning culture will help to increase your employee morale and loyalty.

If a manager is afraid of losing their staff and does not train them, they will probably leave anyway, and find an employer who is willing to invest in them. The best way to show your best members of staff that you value them and see them as an increasingly important part of your organisation is to make sure their development is supported by education training.

Organisations continue to look for the perfect employee just as employees look for the perfect employer. Download the 7 Deadly Skills of a Perfect Employee. This white paper highlights those general soft skills that often fly under the radar of HR and training managers, but are vitally important for the prosperous, innovative, and efficient business of the 21st Century.

Kevin Young is General Manager, EMEA at Skillsoft.

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