Engaged Employee Learning

5/7/2014

However, statistics from Towers Watson show us that only 35% of the global workforce is engaged. That means that 65% is disengaged. What’s more, in the corporate sphere, according to ASTD’s State of the Industry Report from 2013, organizations only spend about $1,195 per year on training.

But research shows that training is very important to today’s employees, and it is a wise investment for business leaders to provide learning opportunities to their workforce. As you can see in the table below, whereas base salary is the first thing that both attracts and retains employees, employees consistently rank career advancement and learning and development opportunities in the top five assets offered by jobs in attracting them and retaining them.  

Attract

Retain

Base Salary

Base Salary

Job Security

Career Advancement Opportunities

Career Advancement Opportunities

Relationship with Manager

Convenient Location

Trust/Confidence in Leadership

Learning and Development Opportunities

Ability to Manage/Limit Work-Related Stress

This is where training comes in. Employers who offer their associates training and learning opportunities are more likely to not only retain them, but to build a workforce that is more skilled, knowledgeable and engaged with the company.

Lynne Tarter