Companies should invest in their employees. Seems obvious enough but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of allocating budget here and there, we too often see that providing opportunities for continuous training or education slip off the priority list. After all, why spend all that money on an employee’s new-found skills when they can up and take those same skills to another company, right?
Sure, there’s always a chance, but studies actually show the opposite. A study by Robert Half showed that a strong learning culture at work led to 30-50% higher retention rates. And for those you would call “high-retention-risk” employees, more than 70% want to leave their current job because they don’t see any opportunities for advancement. Compared to other generations, Millennials are particularly likely to feel committed to a job when there are many opportunities to develop their skills and advance their careers.
The truth is, improving proficiencies benefits employers as much as employees, especially in the IT industry where the innovation never stops. As a company, you’ll sharpen your competitive edge, save on time and costs with more highly trained employees, and boost retention with happier employees who feel valued.
At the same time, you’ll provide your IT team opportunities to gain some proven credibility, stay updated with changing technologies, improve performance in their current roles, and be better prepared to accept more responsibilities and move up in the company.
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Why Employers Should Train Their IT Teams
A solid learning culture boosts employee morale and retention.
Hitting a plateau is a common concern in this field, and your employees will face impediments that would be easier and faster to overcome with the proper training. Show your team how valuable they are to the trajectory of the company by equipping them with new skill sets and investing in their career growth. This also shows you’re willing to invest in the team you currently have instead of searching for these skill sets externally.
This willingness builds a sense of loyalty between organization and employee, a loyalty that motivates employees to expand their skill sets so they can do a better job for the organization and tackle the challenges they’re confronted with on a daily basis. At the end of the day, it’s easier to stay motivated and enthusiastic about your job when you feel confident doing it.
- Raise the expertise and output of your IT staff.
Whether you’re sending your team to reputable tech conferences or paying for online course memberships, many of the training opportunities out there today offer a very interactive experience.
For example, encourage your team to get their next level of accreditations by offering a group membership to online cloud certification courses from A Cloud Guru. These courses offer video lectures from industry experts, plus helpful tools, like hands-on labs, exam simulators, in-person workshop opportunities, and a huge community of members to network and collaborate with.
Through training opportunities like this, your team learns more than basic concepts and theories; they also get hands-on experience with real-world applications. Getting the certification is one thing, but interactively trained employees will be able to apply their new skills right away and jump in to resolve complicated issues faster.
In the same vein, this kind of training lets you align your team’s learning path with the central goals and requirements of your department.
- The knowledge passes on.
The student becomes the master. The trainee becomes the trainer. However you want to put it, you can multiply your investment by grooming your current talent pool to step into larger leadership roles. Combining the skills they came with and the skills they learn along the way, they’ll become an additional knowledge source for their junior reports.
- A trained IT team won't waste time or money.
When someone with an AWS Solutions Architect - Associate certification achieves a higher-level certification like the AWS Solutions Architect - Professional, they’re proven to be so familiar with the AWS ecosystem that almost no AWS service or feature is out of scope for them to handle.
A workforce that’s continuously educated will, therefore, have the ability to attack out-of-the-norm problems more efficiently than one that isn’t. They’re less likely to slip up, and won’t burn as much time exploring different avenues to figure out solutions.
While time itself is one thing, time is also money. The less of it spent on exploring solutions and the more on implementing them, generally means more available time to spend on profitable projects. With properly trained staff, you also won’t have to face a drag on management resources since supervisors won’t have to spend their valuable time answering simple questions or keeping a close eye on day-to-day tasks.
- Drive innovation and stay competitive with changing demands.
Offering continued training opportunities in the workplace helps establish a strong learning culture, and data shows that employees working in an organization with a strong learning culture are 58% more likely to have the skill sets to meet changing marketplace demands. They’re also 32% more likely to be the first to market an innovative solution.
Don’t let the failure to invest in your team’s professional growth be the reason you fall behind your competitors. A dynamic marketplace calls for skilled technicians who are eager to learn about — and mobilize — the latest ideas into suitable solutions for your organization, keeping you at the forefront of change.
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