No opportunity knocks for two-thirds of staff

Nearly two-thirds of employees are not being given the opportunity to live up to their potential in the workplace, according to a study.

The survey of 3,000 employees by online learning company SkillSoft also found that a quarter of workers receive no support from their managers when it comes to professional development.

However, nearly 90% admitted they would prefer to be in control of their own professional development.

Although 57% said they feel valued at work, 63% think that they could be doing better in their career if they were given more training.

When asked how they preferred to train:

  • 20% said they liked to learn from colleagues and by making use of online learning materials when they needed to
  • 13% preferred to attend instructor-led courses and workshops
  • the overwhelming majority (67%) opted for a mix of both.

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