Why You Should Encourage Continued Learning

“What happens if I train people and they leave?”

“What happens if I don’t, and they stay?”

You’ve probably heard this before, and it makes a lot of sense. It’s understandable that you would hesitate to make your employees more valuable in the market – to help them build their resumes, but it’s a little short-sighted. If you put a lot of time and resources into training and developing your team, that gives you one of the best-trained teams in the industry or market.

But that’s not the only reason to encourage learning and development.

No matter where they are in their careers, high-performing employees either wish to prepare for the next level in their careers or be the best they can at their current job. In fact, lack of interest in professional development could be considered a red flag. You’ve either got an employee on your hands who is interested only in going through the motions and collecting a paycheck, or they have one foot out the door.

Continued learning opportunities improve retention. Employees who see that you are invested in their career are more likely to view your organization as a long-term career option. They’ll look for ways to move up the ladder internally rather than seeking greener pastures.

Ongoing development improves work quality. It’s in your best interest to have each employee be the best they can be. In any industry, things change. To remain competitive in the marketplace, it’s important that your staff’s skill levels are kept up-to-date.

It allows you to promote from within. Entry-level positions are always easier to hire for because the skills are easier to find. By developing an internal pipeline of promotable talent, you can just backfill positions that come open once the promoted employee steps into their new role.

Well-trained employees are a positive reflection on you. You’ll gain a reputation in your industry as one who values your employees, nurtures their development and is invested in their success. This will allow you to be more selective in future hiring and build a true dream team.

Hiring is tough. Retaining top talent is even tougher. At High Profile, we not only help you to identify and attract the best candidates, but we also provide advice and resources to keep those you hire performing at their best. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you, give us a call today at 972-991-7900 or contact us online.