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Studies have shown that 69% of employees want to be able to do their job better or faster, and often require their employer’s support as a means of developing their professional knowledge. By engaging with continuous development in a self-directed and connected form , organisations can accumulate a collective understanding to enhance their staff contentment and retention rates.
83% of employees actively seek opportunities in which they can gain new skills in the workplace. If you are not providing your workforce with these opportunities, in both professional skills and soft skills, they may begin to start looking elsewhere. It therefore pays dividends to invest in your staffs’ development.
Lessen the skills gap
50% of organisations report skills gaps in key business functions highlighting that training and development is still a challenge in the workplace. Whilst training and development is often seen as an initial cost, these costs will ultimately pay for themselves as your workforce becomes better skilled.
These skills could include the business-critical ‘soft’ skills of problem solving, critical thinking, team work and communication. These ‘soft’ skills are offered in over 80% of organisations, but the related training is rarely online-enabled. This is problematic, as Towards Maturity has reported that the best performing organisations are twice as likely to make use of technology for the training of these skills.