Should you include Professional Development Training in your workplace research training plan? If so, what type of Professional Development should you include? What’s the best way to develop employees in the first place?
There are many companies that either don’t understand how to properly implement a program, or don’t have specific company objectives to which they want their employees to fulfill. Those that lack the intent to implement an effective program may find themselves repeating the same mistakes time again.
Employee engagement is a critical part of any workplace research project. And, it is absolutely critical to the success of your company. Without this critical component, your company will not be able to execute effectively, nor will it continue to meet their desired goals.
Engagement also has a direct impact on other organizational goals, such as retention, productivity, productivity growth, profitability, brand awareness, etc. These goals need to be driven by the actions and beliefs of your employees. In other words, an effective engagement process has to start with an idea of what your company wants to achieve with each employee.
If your company’s current strategies are not aligned with the goals they need to achieve, then your company is lagging behind. If it is too late to implement a more proactive approach, then it may be necessary to re-think the entire mission of your company. Fortunately, many companies that were not prepared for the changes in the workplace and the needs of their employees are currently re-evaluating their work practices to create new strategies and change the thinking that has allowed their company to fall behind.
The purpose of Professional Development training is to get the company on the same page. Having the correct thoughts and beliefs about the way things are done and the results of those things is a critical step in creating a “new” company culture. At the end of the day, the only way to make changes in a company’s internal structure is to believe the changes are a good idea.
There are a number of social factors that come into play when companies seek change. Social pressures at work can lead to poor behaviors, a lack of motivation, and even burnout. When a company loses sight of the importance of maintaining a positive employee experience, they risk incurring the wrath of a “Burnout Scandal”. Now, not all employees are “on board” with this, but one only needs to look at some of the more infamous stories to see the problems associated with “Burnout”.
Of course, Professional Development is just one factor to consider when looking at the impact of change on an organization. And, as previously mentioned, it should not be the end all solution to every company’s problems.
However, it is extremely important to consider this as part of any business decisions. And, when coupled with other internal resources, it can become a powerful asset.
And, when employees are not motivated or engaged, the company is less effective. With a lack of direction, employees will simply give up on their work, or simply quit altogether.
Without customers and business continuity, there is no revenue to fund your business. Without customers, there is no business. And without a business, there is no revenue to fund your company.
Unfortunately, some companies do not recognize the value of professional development. They see this training as just another expense and don’t realize that it can be beneficial for both the individual and the company as a whole. It’s true that more organizations are turning to technology and new methods to develop, but it’s also true that there is a value in using old fashioned methods to prepare workers for the challenges of the workplace.