As a training provider, we know we put the importance of training and development higher on the list of priorities than most. We think that well trained staff are happier and better skilled, leading to increased productivity and happier customers. But we know many people may not think the same way.

Still, it was interesting to see that employers across the UK estimated that only 8% of their employees would rate training and development as the most desirable perk beyond salaries and bonuses. Employers and senior managers don’t perceive learning and development as being that important to their employees, with fewer than one in ten adding it to the top of their list.

It came in way below flexible working (56%) and more annual leave (23%), and just a touch above the freedom to work from home (9%).

Training is an employee perk

According to the poll, conducted by Robert Half last month (December), employers are way off the mark when it comes to knowing what their employees consider a perk.

While they assumed only 8% of staff would be interested in training and development as a perk, the true figure among the polled employees was 16% – double the number senior executives thought. The data shows that a sixth of employees consider the opportunity to develop in their career and take more training to be the number one perk they could receive after salary and bonuses. Given the huge ripple effect benefits that training even one member of staff can have, businesses would do well to take this message on board and listen to the training requests of employees.

Lean Six Sigma training in particular empowers staff to identify and solve everyday problems; offering a double benefit of fulfilling the desire for L&D by providing training, and the boost to productivity that typically accompanies employee engagement. But the second win for businesses is that this training is specifically designed to improve business efficiency and productivity.

Lean Six Sigma training not only benefits the business itself by creating the skills necessary to improve processes and reduce wastage, but it also benefits the employee by providing in-demand and marketable skills that can help them climb the career ladder.

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Training without the price tag

Businesses can rise to this increasing demand for training by looking away from the classroom and considering a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is a platform for delivering online training, and many organisations find that this is the simplest and most cost effective method for meeting the training demands of staff, without breaking the bank.

Introducing an LMS means that staff can be in control of their own training, and do as much learning and development as they wish – whether that’s taking one course or five!

This is a system that has worked well for us with a number of previous clients, but most recently we partnered with Travis Perkins so they can open up Lean Six Sigma training to their staff. 100% Effective’s online training courses are available for all employees to take through Travis Perkins’ LMS, providing they’ve gone through the proper approval channels with their managers.

Staff are then able to work through the training they wish at their own pace, giving them vital skills and meeting their own desire for more opportunities for training and development.

We’re noticing this as a rising trend, and are planning to attend the Learning Technologies event in Kensington in London next week in order to ensure we get the systems and technologies in place to keep meeting our customer needs, and helping our clients to motivate their employees through training.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can provide our market-leading training on your LMS system, or to discuss creating an LMS system for your future requirements call us on 0800 066 3749 or click the button below.

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