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The Importance of Uptraining Opportunities for Employees


Posted by Insightlink on 06/13/22

There's nothing more important to an employee's job satisfaction than feeling like they can grow and advance their career while working for a company. When employees feel like they have opportunities to learn and improve, they are much happier and more productive. This is why providing training opportunities for employees is so important. 

In this article, we'll discuss why uptraining opportunities are so significant for employees and how you can use them to acquire and retain top talent.
 
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Why is Providing Uptraining Opportunities to Employees so Important?

 
The most important reason for providing support for your staff members is that it boosts their job satisfaction. Employees who feel like they are growing at work are much happier and more productive than those who don't. This is because people who feel they cannot grow in their job are less likely to feel like they are using their strengths and skills at work.
 
As a modern business, it's essential to be sensitive to how workforces are evolving as are the needs of modern-day employees. Uptraining helps employees gain essential life skills, including public speaking, human diversity, and technical knowledge that will help them exceed in their career and outside the job.
 
From a business perspective, there are other reasons why it is so important to provide opportunities for employees to learn and grow at work, including:
 
  • Higher employee retention rates — Most employees value companies that allow them to grow and advance their careers. Providing them with the resources they need to do this will make them less likely to seek employment elsewhere.
  • Higher morale among employees — People who feel like they are growing within their position are much more likely to be fulfilled at work. This is because they feel like they can be the best version of themselves and enjoy their accomplishments.
  • Stronger company culture — When employees feel like they are being supported by their employer and have opportunities to learn, it also helps create a stronger company culture. As a result, it makes it more likely that your company will be successful in the long run.
 

Understanding the Difference Between Employee Training and Development

 
Before we discuss the different types of training you can provide, it's important to understand the difference between training and development.
 
Employee "training" is when an employee receives specific instruction in a particular skill or concept. This can be done in person or online. However, training doesn't just have to involve learning new skills. It can also include helping employees improve on existing skills they already have. This type of training is often called "soft skills" training, and it involves things like time management, communication, and leadership.
 
On the other hand, employee "development" is when employers help their employees grow as people and improve professionally and personally in certain areas of their lives. This means that employers should look for opportunities to help employees train themselves across broad categories that may not directly contribute to their specific job function. For example, development can include assisting employees to set goals and achieve them, working on communication skills, and improving time management, all of which can help make employees more effective in any career they choose.
 

How Can You Provide Uptraining Opportunities For Your Employees?

 
There are many different ways that you can provide training and development for your employees. These can include:
 
  1. Providing on-the-job coaching and mentoring opportunities. On-the-job coaching opportunities, either through facilitators or internal management staff, are another great way to help your employees learn new skills or improve existing skills without planning formal training sessions. 
  1. Enabling on-demand training courses and videos. Providing employees with on-demand access to online training videos and courses helps to give staff the ability to develop their knowledge and skillsets whenever is most convenient for the student. 
  1. Host workshops and conferences. Online workshops, tradeshows, and conferences are an excellent way for your organization to share best practices with other organizations and also a perfect way for your employees to learn from one another, building a more collaborative workspace. 
  1. Hosting social learning activities. Social learning activities, social media group engagements, podcasts, and webinars can be excellent ways for employees to learn about relevant industry information while learning from other organizations and peers.
 
While there are various ways to provide uptraining opportunities to employees, it's equally important to recognize employees' accomplishments who take advantage of them. Some organizations choose to recognize their employees for uptraining activities by presenting them with certificates, while others decide to reward them financially. Which method your organization chooses will depend on your overall training strategy and the type of uptraining that you are providing.
 

Conclusion

 
The most important thing for employers to remember is that not all learning happens at work. Employees need time to explore new interests, set and achieve goals and grow as people. By providing employees with opportunities to do this, you will improve their performance at work and create happier and more engaged employees long-term.
 
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