What would happen if Charles Whittaker decided not to train for his big upcoming championship boxing match?
Would he be successful? Not likely.
Similarly, training for you and I can lead to personal growth and success in our careers.
When looking to advance employees and offer promotions, training is often a key component in the decision. Managers understand that training provides individuals with the skills needed to create a competitive advantage, increase efficiencies, and improve bottom-line results for their organisations.
Why then are so many people still reluctant to participate in training?
Many people don’t like change, and they are afraid to try and learn new things.
Some people are simply comfortable doing what they are doing. Still others don’t think they need any more training – they are already good at what they do.
While that could be true, the value of training goes well beyond just gaining knowledge or brushing up on your skills.
Training seminars or workshops provide the advantage of networking and drawing from others’ experiences.
In fact, the course trainer may not provide you with the most important advice or ideas you take away from the training.
The lessons learned from other participants can be just as important for you to take back to your job to help you avoid mistakes or make changes for the better. Don’t forget to exchange business cards or contact information at these networking events – you never know when you might need to get in touch with the person who had that great tip for you.
Most people use the excuse of not having enough time to attend training. The fact is that training can often help allow you more time in the end, because the lessons learned from the training you take may show you better, faster or smarter ways of working.
You can even try taking a time management course – valuable for almost any occupation, or for simply reducing stress in general.
Having a hard time selling the cost of training to your boss?
Well, if it’s true that time is money, and training can actually help save time, then the excuse of not having the money for training isn’t compelling. You need to make sure that your boss understands the benefits of the training you wish to take.
Training is essential to both you and your organisation.
For you, increased knowledge and skills make you more productive in the workplace and thus more valuable. You will become more appreciated in the organisation, and this typically leads to improved job satisfaction.
Also, you make yourself more marketable should you ever want to look for a better job, either inside or outside your current organisation.
For your employer, effective performance by the work force is essential for success.
The American Society for Training & Development notes that people in the performance improvement business, such as performance consultants and organisation development specialists, frequently select training initiatives as the primary means to achieve effective performance, either to improve current deficient performance or to meet new performance requirements.
Training can be a motivational tool, as well.
Learning newer, better ways to do things or simply keeping up to date on the latest regarding your chosen profession can help reenergise you and lead to improved performance.
For managers, training your employees will lead to building capability in your organisation that will be necessary to address future challenges. It needs to be a major investment to drive the business forward.
Find out what kinds of training are offered for your organisation.
You can even be proactive and seek external training that your organisation may not offer, but will often reimburse you for if they understand the value that it will bring to you and, by extension, to them as a business.
I suspect Charles understands that training is essential, and I hope you do, too. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at [email protected].
Kevin Horseman is a Manager in the Deloitte Human Capital Consulting Department, specialising in Technology Adoption and Organisational Change and Transformation. Kevin has over thirteen years of industry and consulting experience in project management, performance management, organisational development and change, training development and delivery, team building and communication.