Training and development present a prime opportunity to broaden your skill set and improve your opportunities for progression. But they are often dropped down the priority list when busy workloads make it difficult to take precious time out of the office.
In fact LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report cites lack of time as the as the number 1 reason employees don’t take advantage of development opportunities.
Convincing your management team to invest in training can also be a challenge when budgets are tight or have been allocated elsewhere.
So why is training so important?
A continuous focus on your own development is vital in making the most of your strengths and helping to reach your career aspirations. And here’s why, take a look at just 5 of the key benefits of training and development:
1) Improved performance
Strengthening your individual skill set gives you the opportunity to perform at a higher level, which in turn builds confidence. After just a day’s training you’ll go back to the office ready to take on new challenges, with both you and your employer reaping the benefits for months and years to come.
2) Greater satisfaction and morale
Taking advantage of training gives you the opportunity to stretch yourself and step out of your comfort zone. The ability to continually grow and develop helps you work smarter, giving you increased motivation and job satisfaction.
3) Increased productivity
Ongoing development allows you to work more independently, freeing up the time of other colleagues. With an increased focus you’ll be able you to return to work with a fresh perspective and renewed energy and add more value to the wider team.
4) Enhanced creativity
Learning new skills inspires creativity and innovation, helping you come up with smart solutions to challenges. The ability to generate new ideas for strategies and products will help you make a greater contribution to your company’s performance.
5) Keeping pace with change
With the world of work changing at a rapid pace, it’s more important than ever to ensure you have the relevant skills to deal with new and emerging trends. Keeping on top of changes in your sector will mean you’re better prepared to come up with new suggestions for your business to adapt. This will raise your profile and ultimately help you achieve your career aspirations.
We recognise that an ongoing programme of training and development is essential for everyone wanting to evolve their skillset and stand out at any stage of their career. That’s why we’ve revamped our portfolio of expert training and support. In line with this we’ve launched an AWARD® accreditation programme, recognising the level of expertise you can achieve through completing each level of our expert AWARD® training.
Our Thought Leadership training continues to be in high demand and we’re always looking for new ways to share the benefit of our unrivalled experience, supporting complex procurements globally. In line with the launch of our ADVANCE™ solution last year, we’ve introduced two new bidder training courses. We’ve also invested in a new Training Manager role to allocate a dedicated head to develop and manage the training we offer to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our customers.
And in the spirit of continual development, the Commerce Decisions team takes an active part in the training we offer as well as taking advantage of a wide range of external training and development – keeping us happy and motivated and always ready to take on new challenges!