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How Training Benefits Employees

For all organisations, no matter how large or small, employee training is a must. Not only does training benefit the employer by providing their staff with the skills needed to do the job, but it also benefits the employee in a number of different ways.

The obvious benefit to employees is that training teaches new skills which can make the job easier, save time, cut costs and can even put your business one step ahead of your competitors. Training can be provided in a number of different ways: either by employees of the company or by external trainers, and on the job or off the job, away from the employee's normal working environment. Induction training is the third form of training, which is conducted when the employee first joins the company and provides them with all of the basic skills needed to perform the role.

Besides providing new skills, training has a huge number of other benefits to the employee. Training is a fantastic way of enriching an employee and keeping them motivated within the role, with the brand new knowledge and skills learned via training sessions helping to keep the working environment fresh and interesting for the employee, and preventing them from becoming bored. It also creates more of a bond between employer and employee: by investing (both financially and from a time point of view) in training, it shows that the employer really does value the employee and wants them to progress.

The learning of new skills and ways of working can also help to boost an employee's confidence, providing them with the necessary tools to perform their role quickly, efficiently and accurately. It also has the benefit of enabling the employee to undertake work that may not normally be in their remit, giving them the confidence to step up to the mark and take on additional work in areas outside of their own when necessary.

Regular training can also help an employee to "think outside of the box". Access to training in various aspects of the role may give them ideas as to how things could be done better or differently in their workplace: leading them to making suggestions to senior management that have the possibility of being adopted to make the role easier and improve company performance. Not only does this benefit the employer in terms of time or cost savings, but can improve the employee's job satisfaction by making them feel like they are contributing to the company's performance in a broader sense.

The regularity of training at work depending on individual circumstances. Training in IT software, languages and operating systems, for example, should ideally be provided as and when new updates and ways of doing things emerge, meaning that the employee is always at the top of his or her game. Training in aspects of any role that relate to legal requirements should be at least annually, but should be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the regularity of training. Training, however, should not just be suggested by the employer: employees should be encouraged to make senior management aware of any training requirements they have that would make their role easier, improve their happiness and would help them to support the company to the best of their ability.

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