Apr 3 2019
A company’s performance is directly tied to the capabilities of its employees, or in other words, highly skilled employees help companies thrive. Research from IBM Software indicates that increasing a team’s skill level by just one-third makes a team 10 times more likely to achieve their goals. As companies continue to raise their standards to match the needs of the market, it’s essential that organizations create an environment where you and your team members can grow your skill set.
More importantly, that same IBM Software study found that when a company is commited to its workers’ professional development, they see higher employee satisfaction which leads to increased retention. And while satisfaction and retention might just sound like the “warm and fuzzy” stuff, keeping employees around saves organizations a lot of money. Global Industry Analyst Josh Bersin estimated that the cost of replacing an employee can be more than twice the annual salary of the open position.
In short, when companies pay for your professional development, everyone wins.
There are two primary reasons employees don’t ask their managers for professional development training: perceived lack of time and fear they’ll seem incompetent.
Oftentimes, employees don’t think they have the time in their workday to incorporate training. And sometimes, they’re right! Because classroom training and conferences can eat up an entire day to a full week of work, more and more professionals are turning to digital learning, especially online video lessons and courses. Online professional development resources allow you to more seamlessly integrate developing your skills into the workday. You can learn anytime, anywhere, and for the length of time of your choosing.
As for those of you who think that asking your boss to fund your training and professional development will make you appear incompetent, you’re wrong! It shows a commitment to your job, your company, and your career. When you take the initiative to present a plan for how you can increase your skill set, you’ll likely get buy-in from your boss.
Investing in professional development is critical in today’s competitive job market. Whether you want to develop leadership skills, fine-tune technical techniques, or learn something completely new, you should communicate this to your manager in order to get your boss on board.
Follow these four steps to convince your boss to pay for your training and professional development.
Download our customizable email samples to make asking your boss for training easier. The email samples outline how to start the conversation and provide key details you need to include to convince your boss to pay for your training and professional development. All you need to do is copy and paste, fill in the blanks, and press send!
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