The Benefits of Training: Why Employees Should Always Say Yes

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In the U.S., companies spend an average $4.5 billion on training and development programs for employees.

Training programs reduce employee turnover and make employees feel valued. 

Read on for a list of the benefits of training and why it’s in your best interest for you to go. 

Convenient Time and Location

Onsite training conveniently takes place at your workplace. You don’t have to spend time and money commuting to another location to get the training.

Also, there is one less thing you need to fit into your busy week. Instead of signing up for an online or in-person training that takes place in the evenings or weekends, you can receive the same information while you are at work.

Access You Wouldn’t Normally Get (for Free)

Onsite training gives you access to excellent training that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Or if it is on a topic that is accessible outside of work, it probably won’t be free. Onsite training at work is free of charge and takes place during work hours. 

You will often have industry experts or people from top-level management share their knowledge. Why wouldn’t you want to hear what they have to say?

Tailored Content

One of the benefits of taking part in training that happens at your workplace is that the content may have been customized to your role or company.

That means that it is applicable to your work every day. It isn’t just theoretically practical. 

Stay Current in Your Industry

Onsite training is an excellent way to stay current in your industry or field. This training helps you expand your abilities. And you will find out about new research, best practices and insights and so on. 

Staying current gives you an edge at work.

Do Your Job Better

Most company training programs offer practical tools to help you become better at the job you already have.

Training gives employees a better understanding of their role and how it fits into the company as a whole. That will give you more confidence in your abilities in your role. In turn, you will become more confident.

Onsite training will also give you the tools you need to be more efficient at your work. Your job performance will go up and your manager will notice.

Managers recognize and reward employees who do their work effectively in as efficient a manner as possible. 

Prepares You For Moving Up 

Employees who take part in company-offered training are more likely to be considered for advancement opportunities in the organization.

Even if an advancement opportunity in your workplace doesn’t exist, by taking part in training, you are making yourself more marketable for other employers.

Gain Certifications 

Most onsite training sessions provide a certificate for taking part in the program.

You will get the original for your records. And your manager should add this certificate to your employee file.

Some job certificates are more valuable than others. And, it speaks volume when managers see a stack of certifications in your file.  

Add It to Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

You should always add onsite training to your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Training on workplace harassment, conflict resolution, and workplace safety are all topics that will be valuable in any organization. Read more here about engaging safety training. 

Your company’s free training not only helps you in your current job but also makes you more marketable for future opportunities.  

Work on Needed Improvements

Maybe your last performance review was less than stellar. Or maybe you are the type of person who seeks to constantly improve. 

Onsite training can help you address the weaknesses in your skillset. Everyone has something they aren’t as strong in. But working on improving those weaknesses makes you a stronger team player.

You won’t have to rely on others to complete certain tasks. And you will be better equipped to cover for a co-worker when needed.

Addressing knowledge and skill gaps allows you to work independently without needing supervision or guidance from others. And you are better able to contribute to your team.

The more employees participate in available training, the stronger the department will be. That will reduce stress for everyone. Who doesn’t want their team to work at the highest level possible?

Higher Job Satisfaction

Research shows that undertrained employees are unhappy and disengaged. On the other hand, employees who feel engaged in training feel more satisfaction in their roles.

You will feel good about what you do each day when you have the required skills and knowledge to do that job well.

So go ahead and sign up for the next training session. You’ll do better in your job and feel better about your job, too. 

A Break From the Norm

Attending a company-provided onsite training can give you a nice break from your desk.

Whether it’s an hour-long presentation or a two-day workshop. You can rest your eyes and give your brain a chance to process different information.

This is likely the motivation for many employees, but that’s not a bad thing. Working at a desk can become repetitive. Attending training is a great way to break up monotony at work.

Bottom Line on the Benefits of Training

Thanks for reading. Remember, the benefits of training come down to what you put into it.

If you have a good attitude, take notes, engage in the session and participate, you will get more out of it than if you don’t.

Want to be your best self? Check out these 9 motivation techniques to help you get on track.