Employees cannot be fully committed to their work, i.e., “fully engaged” unless they find the work challenging. And, as employees continue to learn and develop, how they define “challenging” is bound to change. This means that, in order to foster employee engagement at its maximum capacity, employers must continue to provide employees with new skills so they can, in turn, take on new challenges.
In short, training is key to employee engagement. (As I’ve posted previously, training can be a great way to facilitate retention of key employees, as well).
This theory has some new support in the form of a recent survey of workers in the UK. According to Outlaw.com, which reported on the survey, more than 70% of British workers would welcome a legal right to request paid time off for training.
The survey also reports:
- 71% of working people would like to have the right to claim paid time off
- 53% would be likely to use such a right.
The Trades Union Congress, which conducted the survey, expressed concern that, despite an apparent eagerness to learn new skills, low-skilled workers are the least likely to receive training at work, with only 9% of employees without formal qualifications having participated in job-related training in the last three months, compared to 38% of graduates.
Just more support for the importance of giving employees access to the right training at the right time.