How Employers Can Contribute to One of the Top New Year’s Resolutions: Learning

Listen up employers, here’s what your employees want in the New Year; Learning! It all starts with a New Year’s resolution to do better in the coming year. From an employer standpoint, it’s much more than a chance to do better, it’s a chance to make a change. 

As the calendar turns to January, everyone is in the mood for change, so why not embrace it? Employee training and development should be at the top of every employer’s New Year’s resolution list as a prime opportunity to expand the organization’s knowledge base.

Learning starts with simple fundamentals. For this purpose, take a look at it from a learning ecosystem perspective. As its own entity, the learning ecosystem unfolds a strategic landscape that brings learning into focus. It starts with a training strategy that takes into account documentation, initiation, standardization, and follow up.

Today’s workforce climate makes it easy to provide skill advancement opportunities when a Learning Management System (LMS) is part of the equation. Both the individual and the employer benefit for a LMS and makes the investment worthwhile from every angle.  

Employee engagement starts the first day on the job with the onboarding process. At this stage, the employee is learning workforce procedures, participating in compliance training, and building a knowledge foundation of what’s to come. A LMS can track, record, and analyze to ensure every employee is on track with their learning expectations and requirements.

The employer’s contribution to learning and development shows a clear commitment to the future growth of the company. When organizations embrace new learning trends, they gain control over the training and development at the business core. The fitness of the future workforce relies on the ability to attract and retain talented people.

So, how does the employer benefit from all this training and development?

Closes the skill gap.

A solid development program reduces skill inadequacy for those who rely on others to complete basic tasks for them. The necessary training builds an overall knowledgeable staff who can work independently without constant supervision and work collectively to fill-in as needed in other positions. 

Reduces turnover.

A well-trained staff is more likely to feel valued if they are invested in what they do. As a benefit of employment, training and development should be considered perks of the position. When the staff is well trained, recruitment costs are reduced and retention remains strong.

Builds reputation.

A successful training strategy helps to develop a strong message through brand and employee engagement. Learning becomes a prime consideration for career-minded candidates who seek organizations with growth potential. 

Encourages innovation.

A creative workforce can incite new ideas to increase things like efficiency and production in a systematized environment. Natural curiosity is a building block for effective learning and can inevitably lead to new innovation.

Delivers consistency.

A consistent experience and background ensures all employees are on the same page with their co-workers and employer. In any business, training on basic policies and procedures relevant to all employees can be incorporated into the learning strategy. 

The modern workforce is comprised of people who want to learn, grow, and prosper. A new calendar year is a perfect time to introduce a fresh training and development strategy centered around elevated learning. Because it is important to so many employees to stay relevant, learning new skills may also keep them from looking elsewhere for employment.

Learning has become a valuable resource to organizations that want to move beyond being just ordinary. Contact us to find out how Acendre Learning can advance your employee training and development strategy to become extraordinary.

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