19 June 2015

Apparently, according to a survey by CV-Library, 90.5% of employees would opt to stay at a company if they were offered training and development opportunities.

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”

Personally, I don’t think this comes as much of a shock. Most of the time, when someone leaves a company, it’s more to do with development than money. I think most of us will have experienced the restlessness that comes from feeling like you’re standing still in life. When you stop learning and run out of challenges, you naturally start looking elsewhere.

It’s something we’re particularly sensitive to at UKFast, as we know the kinds of people we look for are goal-orientated and driven by a desire to be better at everything they do. It’s up to us, as directors and managers, to ensure we engage everyone and invest in their learning journey.

Having Aaron and Arlene heading up the training department has been great for us, providing opportunities for personal and professional development across the whole company. As the face of the modern workplace evolves, I think it’s going to become even more important for employers to create an environment that stimulates growth. It’s not just beneficial for the people in your team either, as it lifts the whole business.

I’m not sure people realise how painful it can feel losing an employee, not to mention the cost you have to spend finding and training someone to fill their position. Keeping people engaged reduces the likelihood of them leaving for new pastures. It’s also great for your customers, as they’re likely to get a better level service from a well-trained team with the most up-to-date industry certifications.

Investing in training and development is a win-win situation for businesses and employees alike, and I think if more companies started doing it, the lift in productivity and to the British economy would be incredible.

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