“Not another training class again… ugh.”
Bet you’ve heard this from a co-worker or two over the years. You can add, “My boss is making me take this”, “I don’t know why I’m here” and “I’m too busy for this” to the list of things people say when told about training. Learning and development is an important part of every organization but at times is seen as a hassle or a time drain rather than a benefit. It’s not though.
Why is training important? For an organization like Bison Transport, training provides several important benefits. Studies show that organizations that invest in L&D see increased employee engagement, reduced turnover, improved performance, greater organizational consistency, lowered costs and higher sales. These are all great reasons to get out and train, but how do they affect you, the individual, taking the training program? What benefit is there for you?
I did some quick Googling about the employee benefits of training. Most of the articles I found somehow always came back to the importance of training to the organization. It’s great when we can help the organization achieve goals and whatnot, but if there is no benefit directly to us, then why bother training? For staff, there are a variety of benefits that rarely get talked about. Here are five, starting with the one that aligns most closely with the organization’s needs.
Learning and growing is an important part of our lives. When an opportunity presents itself to learn something new or to refresh older knowledge, it benefits us to take it. And when it benefits us, it also benefits the organization, which in turn can benefit us. So, the next time you see an ad for a course or your boss tells you to attend, think about how it benefits you and get out there and learn because you can never learn too much.