Employee Training and Development: Reasons and Benefits

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    Employee Training and Development: Reasons and Benefits

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    Typical Reasons for Employee Training and Development
    Typical Topics of Employee Training
    General Benefits from Employee Training and Development
    Library’s Blogs About Training and Development

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    — Reasons and Benefits

    In addition to the articles on this current page, also see the following blogs
    that have posts related to Employee Training and Development. Scan down the
    blog’s page to see various posts. Also see the section “Recent Blog Posts”
    in the sidebar of the blog or click on “next” near the bottom of a
    post in the blog. The blog also links to numerous free related resources.

    Library’s Career
    Management Blog

    Library’s Human Resources
    Blog

    Library’s Leadership Blog
    Library’s Supervision
    Blog

    Library’s
    Training and Development Blog

    (As a brief review of terms, training involves an expert working with learners
    to transfer to them certain areas of knowledge or skills to improve in their
    current jobs. Development is a broad, ongoing multi-faceted set of activities
    (training activities among them) to bring someone or an organization up to another
    threshold of performance, often to perform some job or new role in the future.)


    Typical Reasons for Employee Training and Development

    Training and development can be initiated for a variety of reasons for an employee
    or group of employees, e.g.,:

    • When a performance appraisal indicates performance improvement
      is needed
    • To “benchmark” the status of improvement so far
      in a performance improvement effort
    • As part of an overall professional development program
    • As part of succession planning to help an employee be eligible
      for a planned change in role in the organization
    • To “pilot”, or test, the operation of a new performance
      management system
    • To train about a specific topic (see below)

    Typical Topics of Employee Training

    1. Communications: The increasing diversity of today’s
      workforce brings a wide variety of languages and customs.
    2. Computer skills: Computer skills are becoming a necessity
      for conducting administrative and office tasks.
    3. Customer service: Increased competition in today’s
      global marketplace makes it critical that employees understand
      and meet the needs of customers.
    4. Diversity: Diversity training usually includes explanation
      about how people have different perspectives and views, and includes
      techniques to value diversity
    5. Ethics: Today’s society has increasing expectations
      about corporate social responsibility. Also, today’s diverse
      workforce brings a wide variety of values and morals to the workplace.
    6. Human relations: The increased stresses of today’s
      workplace can include misunderstandings and conflict. Training
      can people to get along in the workplace.
    7. Quality initiatives: Initiatives such as Total Quality
      Management, Quality Circles, benchmarking, etc., require basic
      training about quality concepts, guidelines and standards for
      quality, etc.
    8. Safety: Safety training is critical where working
      with heavy equipment , hazardous chemicals, repetitive activities,
      etc., but can also be useful with practical advice for avoiding
      assaults, etc.
    9. Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment training usually
      includes careful description of the organization’s policies about
      sexual harassment, especially about what are inappropriate behaviors.

    General Benefits from Employee Training and Development

    There are numerous sources of online information about training
    and development. Several of these sites (they’re listed later
    on in this library) suggest reasons for supervisors to conduct
    training among employees. These reasons include:

    • Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees
    • Increased employee motivation
    • Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial
      gain
    • Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
    • Increased innovation in strategies and products
    • Reduced employee turnover
    • Enhanced company image, e.g., conducting ethics training
      (not a good reason for ethics training!)
    • Risk management, e.g., training about sexual harassment,
      diversity training

    Trainers: Between the Rock and the Hard Place
    In Business as in Sport: Straight Sets of Training and Professional Development

    Learn More in the Library’s Blogs Related to
    this Topic

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    “Recent Blog Posts” in the
    sidebar of the blog or click on “next”
    near the bottom of a post in the blog. The blog also links to
    numerous free related resources.

    Library’s
    Career Management Blog

    Library’s
    Human Resources Blog

    Library’s
    Leadership Blog

    Library’s Supervision Blog
    Library’s
    Training and Development Blog

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