Thursday, February 9, 2017

Educate Your Workforce

Are you educating your workforce? Do you know what it means to educate your workforce? It is more commonly known as professional development. But I like to focus on the education piece for a main reason. Most employees have some sort of education; whether it's a high school diploma, bachelors degree, or doctorate degree. But, just because their education ended does not mean their learning should ever be over. I don't know a company that doesn't want to be an attractive choice for future employees, to have a top of the line workforce, talented employees, and a productive and engaging environment. Maybe your company is already there, but if not, how can you achieve this?

Workforce education does not mean getting all of your employees in a classroom and giving a lecture on Communication 101 with a follow up paper. It's providing your employees with the opportunity to learn what they want and need to be successful. The mere presence of the option for training and education to an employee shows them that you value their contribution to the organization and want to help them be successful in their position. There are also trends that show an increase in employee engagement and retention when companies invest in education for their workforce.

It goes without saying, that if you do not provide the training for an employee to do their job, there's a pretty good chance they will leave. If you're looking for a place to start, ask your employees what they want to learn. What would help them be most successful right now?

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to invest in your employees. While there are many valuable options, professional development and education are vital. Consider a doctor, if they only used what they learned during their schooling, we would have many unqualified doctors out there. The field of healthcare is constantly changing and doctors must keep up on their education if they are going to keep their jobs.

The same goes for any profession. The world is ever changing, new technologies emerge, and your workforce needs to keep up, or you will get left in the dust. Provide them with opportunities to engage, learn, and to grow. Stay ahead in the global market, and show your employees you care.

Atomic Learning offers that solution, Atomic Connect.

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