Employees say the impact of learning radiates from the workplace into their personal lives. Stephanie Sparrow and Simon Kent ask training professionals how they feel about this responsibility
A recent survey by training provider KnowledgePool revealed the importance that British workers place on training.
Almost a quarter said training opportunities were the principal consideration when applying for a new job and overall, they were the second most important consideration after basic salary.
The survey revealed many heartening statistics such as the extremely high percentage (81 per cent) who trained to improve their performance in their current job. But surprisingly, nearly a fifth participated in training in the hope that it would benefit their personal lives. This could be because personal skills such as communication, self-motivation and team work were seen by respondents as the most useful skills at work and so it followed that almost two-thirds believed the skills that make them good at work are useful in personal relationships. We asked readers for their opinions.
Director of corporate training, Kimberly-Clark
Training is for developing skills and motivating people. Employees might get better at interpersonal skills, but it is also motivational because it helps people to grow.
I believe development and training can have a profound effect on people simply because it says the company believes in them. A lot of people tell me they are amazed at how much Kimberly-Clark invests in them.
We are very proud of our professional development programme and use it as a recruitment tool to say to the outside world 'look how much we believe in the people we employ.'
Head of HR development, CIS
The training and development opportunities we give to people at CIS are not only intended to develop workplace competencies, but offer personal opportunities. We publicly state this in our development strategy so we get people on courses not because there is an immediate benefit to their career, but because they want to learn about that subject.
Chief executive, Knowledge Pool
Organisations should capitalise on employees' inherent desire to learn. Companies are seriously taking on board work-life balance - they want to encourage employees to follow a cycle of conti