Think carefully, because this question is not going to be simple. When was the last time you participated in a paid training on your own initiative to raise your competences or skills? Or did you have an opportunity to participate in a training organized by your employer or a training company employed for this purpose?
There are many companies on the Polish market that offer both soft and specialized trainings for corporations and individuals. The report from the EY Academy of Business study clearly states that candidates who are sought on the job market want to develop their skills and are open to the use of innovative tools and the technology behind it. However, the data provided by Eurostat indicate that only 3.7% of adult Poles use training. This is a result below the European average (10.8%) and it means that investing in employee training can be a very good element in distinguishing an employer on the labor market.
It is worth emphasizing that HR departments, or those related to training, are in second place in terms of making final decisions regarding employee training. The first place is held by specific "business departments" in the company. This may mean that the selection of training is a direct response to the needs of the department's management and its team. In addition, the respondents showed that it is managers for whom trainings are organized most frequently, due to their need of continuous development of managerial competences and soft skills. Next come traders, IT specialists, and technicians as well as accountants.
What form of training is the most popular?
Companies plan and organize trainings in a company most often when they concern a specific position, key skills or a way of working, without which an employee could not effectively start performing his or her duties. In the case of training on other topics - enterprises can use not only their own resources, but also the resources of external companies. 45% of respondents state that they permanently cooperate with an external training company, and 35% use open training. Traditional training - face-to-face - is still an advantage. E-learning has not won the hearts of people using training. The reason for this may be: low participation rate, difficulty in understanding the material when the uniform text turns out to be insufficient.
How much do we actually get out of training?
No one will be surprised that employers expect specific benefits for the company in exchange for training investments in their staff. However, cant hey be certain that the training will bring the expected result? It all depends on the motivation of the employee, the degree of complexity of the material he is to acquire and the way in which the trainer handles the knowledge during the training. It is worth to use the information that the triangle of memory efficiency gives us. In a very simple way, it illustrates how much we take from the training, which prompts us to an active attitude and commitment, and how much, when we encounter a passive form of training.
If you are faced with the decision to invest in the development of employees by means of a training strategy, consider what form of training will bring the most benefits to your company. And remember – two heads are better than one, so be our guest and discuss your training needs with our consultant.