Employees get the most out of in-person training sessions from the comfort of their office, new research shows.
A study by staffing firm OfficeTeam discovered that one-third of workers said in-house, instructor-led workshops are the type of professional training they value most. Employers are recognizing that preference: The majority of companies appears attuned to workers' desires for in-person training, with 67 percent offering this type of instruction.
Tuition reimbursement for off-site seminars, online courses and reference books are other types of training employees enjoy.
"Professionals need to continually adapt to industry developments and expand their abilities so their job skills remain relevant," said OfficeTeam Executive Director Robert Hosking. "If their employer does not offer training options, workers should look for outside learning resources."
OfficeTeam provides employees with several tips to help keep their skills current:
- Assess resources: Employees should find out what types of training opportunities are available within their company and whether tuition reimbursement is offered for external courses. They should also explore low-cost options, such as online programs and books.
- Join professional associations:Industry groups often conduct workshops and educational sessions where members can update their business knowledge and abilities. These events, whether in-person or online, also provide an avenue for networking and sharing ideas with others in the industry.
- Take on new challenges: Employees should talk to their manager about getting involved in projects outside their normal responsibilities. Volunteer for assignments that stretch skills.
- Find a mentor:If an employer doesn't have an in-house mentoring program, workers should look for someone inside or outside the company whose expertise they admire, and ask if he or she will counsel them.
- Help others: Employees canvolunteer on committees or for leadership roles at organizations where they can develop skills that not only benefit the group but also are applicable to their job.
The study was based on surveys of 409 workers employed in office environments and 508 human-resources managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.