There are fewer aspects of management as neglected as employee development. Most employers onboard employees and essentially set them free in the workforce, leaving them with the burden of development, advancement, and more.
There’s just one problem with this practice: Employees want to be trained, nurtured, and otherwise developed. And, if you don’t take the time to do so at your company, you’re likely to lose a lot of the young talent you spent so much time recruiting.
If this is the case, why do so many employers ignore proper training and development? And, for that matter, what are the benefits of paying proper credence to the practice aside from retaining more employees?
Three Reasons Why Employee Development is Ignored
Employee development is typically ignored for three primary reasons:
- Employers Care About the Present Most – Companies are hard-pressed for time, so before they can think about the future, they care about the present moment. Day-to-day operations often supplant other strategic goals out of necessity and, as you can imagine, employee development dramatically suffers as a result.
- The Processes Are There But Not Implemented – Some organisations have policies and processes in place for training and development but they’re either ill-developed or simply pushed to the wayside in favour of getting more work done during the day.
- There Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day – While companies can and should make time for employee development, many use time constraints as an excuse.
Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Employee Development Any Longer
There is a reason employees leave if they don’t feel as if there are enough training or development opportunities available to them: They want these opportunities.
As such, it makes good business sense to plan for and implement development processes because:
- Employees Care About Your Business if You Care About Them – If you demonstrate a genuine interest in employees, they’re going to care more about your business. This genuine interest is invaluable because it translates into more assertion and investment in the workplace and efforts to achieve organisational goals.
- The Processes Build Loyalty and Boost Productivity - This is a logical extension of the reason above but is worth reiterating. If your company takes a genuine interest in employees, it only makes sense that they will be more loyal to your business in return. If an employee feels loyal, they’ll likely feel more engaged. And, if they feel more engaged, they’ll be more productive as well.
- Employees Appreciate Your Support – Young workers are talented, but inexperienced employees have a long road of improvement ahead through development, experience, and more. Capable, young employees want you to train them, offer them a mentor, and otherwise coach them to meet their full potential.
It’s important to remember that employee development doesn’t have to be time-consuming, costly, or inefficient either. This is especially true if you work with an agency skilled in employee development initiatives.
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