Jun 1 2018
Human Resources (HR) is often balancing the needs of employees with the needs of the business. This alignment is challenged at times but is vital to the overall success of a company. Continuous Learning programs are a great example of providing this alignment. They’re designed to help employees improve and gain new skills while helping employers improve output and retain top talent–it’s a win-win.
Everyone in HR knows that a lot of time and effort goes into finding and retaining top talent. Once you’ve built a solid team, it pays to keep them around! Continuous Learning programs help nurture top talent by giving them the tools to get better at their jobs and acquire new skills for future opportunities.
In addition to the personal benefit employees receive, the company greatly benefits too. Continuous Learning programs advance the knowledge and capabilities of employees, often times preparing the next generation of leaders in your company as others age out.
HR is often indirectly responsible for employee engagement, and establishing Continuous Learning programs can help drive employee engagement across an organization. When employees are given the opportunity to challenge themselves within their role and expand their skill set in other areas, they become more engaged in their specific roles as well as the company as a whole. This ensures less employee turnover, happier employees, and a more talented workforce.
Employees want to know that you care about them, their professional development, and their career goals. Any sort of investment in your employees helps with this, especially an investment in a Continuous Learning program. When employees feel cared about and invested in, they tend to give put more into their job and the company which ends up helping the bottom line.
The entire organization, from entry-level employees and mid-level managers to c-level execs, benefit from company-wide Continuous Learning programs. Not only does it help with company culture, but there is a true ROI associated with Continuous Learning programs as well.
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