People want to grow. They want to learn, and they want to develop the skills necessary to remain relevant in industries that are going through constant change. You can provide them with opportunities, or they will go somewhere else to do those things. Those are genuinely your only options. Change happens way too fast now for you to sit back and not help your people change with the times. Career stagnation is career death.
So many organizations are looking for the next piece of tech that will improve their workflows and make their team more efficient when they could easily get the same boost, or more, by training their people to use the tech they already own.
Don’t assume everyone hears you the first time. It’s pretty unlikely.
They aren’t wrong. With the talent gaps being what they are in a number of industries right now, organizational leaders are turning to development and training professionals for help. Let’s face it, hiring gets a lot simpler if we have confidence that our culture and our internal resources will help these new folks that we bring in grow and continue to offer more and more value. We don’t need to wait for someone who ticks every single box that we are looking for, we can find the folks who are available now who tick the majority of them, knowing that our environment will make sure they tick the others in time.
Doing that successfully is a massive advantage in the competition for talent. Your investment pays off.
But, it puts the pressure squarely on those of us working in training and development, doesn’t it? We have to make that investment pay off.
So often, I see people sitting and doing the same job, the same way, year after year. Some people are OK with that, and it becomes difficult to help them grow because they are resistant to change. Most people, however, do not want that to be their career, and so they leave to find a place that allows them to grow. If you aren’t the place that supports their growth, you are at risk of losing them to a place that will. It’s really that simple.
Whether you purchase an LMS or make some other kind of training resource available to your employees, the fact of the matter is that it is expensive to ignore this issue. Your people likely have skill gaps that hinder their work. They want to fill in those gaps through education and grow with your organization, and if you don’t provide that someone else will.