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Companies spending more on staff development

Businesses that encourage workers to take skill development courses by providing rewards for completion can create a culture where continual learning is expected.

Staff development has become an essential part of HR strategies in the last few years. Despite the high unemployment rate, many companies still struggle to find workers with the right skill sets.

The New York Daily News notes that this problem is very common in the tech industry, where continued advances in the field drive demand for highly trained and specialized employees. One major problem that tech firms and other businesses have encountered, however, is a dearth of available workers with the required skills. This is forcing organizations to invest more in internal training programs.

A study by Bersin by Deloitte found that spending on skill development programs increased 12 percent in 2012 from a year earlier. Companies may be able to maximize the impact of their training programs by incorporating employee incentive programs. Businesses that encourage workers to take skill development courses by providing rewards for completion can create a culture where continual learning is expected.

By building this type of environment, organizations can generate excitement for the principles and values put forth in development programs, which can help the standards to have a longer lasting influence on workers. This increases the chances that  more cohesive units will develop helping companies to overcome the challenges they face with maintaining a highly trained staff.

Employees that complete major training programs outside of work should be recognized for their achievements. This practice can inspire other workers to take new courses and pursue their own degrees or certifications. Employee reward and recognition programs can be essential to building a company culture that values continual learning and skill development.

 

 

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