Is external training worth the money?
Most organisations accept the need to offer their staff members some form of training, but there is a great deal of disagreement over how much, and what form this should take. Training can be used to develop new skills, or hone existing ones, as a group or as individuals. Many managers decide to try and save money by keeping coaching in house, doing it themselves, or trusting their HR department. This is rarely a sensible tactic, however, as most employees would admit they learn better outside the office.
One of the main reasons for this is that employees still feel as though they are at work if their manager or colleague is trying to train them, and are less likely to be able to relax and focus solely on learning. Using an external company gets employees away from their routine, and away from any of the distractions they face in the office, such as ringing phones and emails. While managers may have high levels of knowledge and experience, they often lack the highly specialised skills to impart this knowledge in a way that allows others to apply it to their own roles. Realistically, a professional trainer is the best option, as they know the best ways to pass on knowledge that is useful, and can make a real difference to individuals on a day-to-day basis.
A professional trainer can also make a huge difference to how much of what is taught is absorbed. They understand the best ways to adapt to each individual’s preferred learning methods, and know how to teach new skills in as little time as possible. Offering external training programmes for employees provides a number of benefits that many managers fail to consider. Group training, for example, gives team members an opportunity to bond, which is an important part of building a happy and collaborative workplace. Training also encourages the top talent to remain with a company. The best people strive to constantly improve their abilities, and are motivated to learn new techniques and ideas. If a company does not give them that opportunity, they are likely to move on to one that will.
An investment in external training adds value to all areas of a business. It shows a willingness to help employees be the best they can be, and will have a tangible effect on how efficient and productive employees are – and, therefore, the company – is.