The importance of encouraging outside learning for employees

Read on for some examples of the benefits your business can enjoy by encouraging learning outside the workplace.

If you’re an employer, you’re probably always thinking of new ways to improve your staff’s performance. There is always room for improvement, and our aptitude and enthusiasm for learning new things has a huge role to play in achieving that goal.

As humans, we are always learning new things in our daily lives that we can use in the workplace. Encouraging your employees to participate in outside training, therefore, is essential for both business and personal growth. It can be a challenge but one that is sure to pay off over time.

Check out this blog post about learning in the workplace, and read on for some examples of the benefits your business can enjoy by encouraging learning outside the workplace…

Better employee performance

Taking the time to train your employees will result in a better employee performance. It will give them the opportunity to improve their skills so that they can tackle their job responsibilities with more confidence, knowledge and independence. Proper training will help your employees to develop a better understanding of what is expected of them and how they can reach those expectations. Of course, one training course in the space of a few years isn’t going to be as effective as continuous training. Your business industry is always changing and if your employees can’t keep up with these changes, your business will suffer.

Addressing weaknesses

One of the main purposes of employees learning outside of the workplace is to help address and overcome certain weaknesses. A employee will not be able to improve in the areas they lack confidence in – such as time management or assertiveness – without proper training and development. Participating in relevant and useful learning schemes will help your employees strengthen the skills that require additional improvement.

Quality investment

Many employers are reluctant to have their employees participate in training and outside learning because they see it as an expense, rather than a beneficial investment. This is their biggest mistake. Development and training courses exist to get measurable results: according to Entrepreneur, training your employees should be viewed as a capital investment.

One of the main reasons why business owners see employee training as an expense is because they are unsure of what impact the training will have towards achieving a specific business goal or target. A way around this is to first determine your training and development needs based on targeted results before establishing which knowledge gaps need addressing for your business.

Improved customer and employee satisfaction

Finally, encouraging your employees to learn will give them the confidence to believe in their own skills and expertise. It helps them to feel more fulfilled in the workplace as training gives them the opportunity to improve their skills and will make them even more qualified in their job role. In addition to this, confident and happier employees tend to perform the best. This means that they will deliver better services to your customers and represent your business in the best way possible.

So, can you see the importance of encouraging learning outside the workplace?

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of and from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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