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How training programs lead to happier, more productive employees

  • Published on March 21, 2014
How training programs lead to happier, more productive employees

Happy employees make for a happy workplace with more productive employees. Several studies have found that companies that provide training opportunities for their workers are likely to see an increase in employee satisfaction as well as productivity. Providing employees with new skills, whether how to create and update marketing materials with InDesign classes or how to best redesign a website with User Experience classes, leads to more satisfied workers that can take on new responsibilities and work more effectively.

Employee training makes employees more committed.
Enrolling an employee in a training class shows them that you care about the skills they bring to the workplace. Employees who feel as though they are valued are more likely to feel driven in the office, meaning that their productivity and desire to work will soar. As you entrust your employees to understand and learn new skills, they will feel a greater commitment to the company, as they understand that the work they have completed is appreciated. Employees that feel appreciated in the workplace are not only happier, but they are less likely to leave their jobs in the immediate future.

According to the Employee Appreciation Survey conducted by Glassdoor, 53 percent of employees reported that they would have stayed longer at their previous job if their employers had shown more recognition of their work. Additionally, 81 percent indicated that they felt a deeper motivation to work when they felt acknowledged. Investing in employee training is a great way to show your employees that you place value in their work and have a continued interest in their growth as they progress through the working world.

Job skills training provides opportunities for professional growth.
One of the biggest reasons that employees leave their jobs is because they see no future with their current employers. Training programs provide workers with the skills they need to feel challenged and take on new responsibilities, even if they don't provide a formal move up on their company's ladder. Whether an employee is looking to move into a management position or simply wants to take on more responsibility, training helps individuals achieve these personal goals. By providing workers the opportunity to participate in classes to enhance their abilities, employers are providing them with the tools they need to pave their own roads to success in the company. 

Training classes can challenge employees, causing them to step outside of their comfort zones and tackle problems they may have never encountered before. For example, employees who choose to take courses from the American Graphics Institute have the opportunity to work with software programs and web coding tools that are often new skills for professionals engaged in marketing or design roles. Employers can use training classes such as these to observe their employees' capacity for growth, using their performance as the basis for their continued movement through the company. Additionally, these classes can be used to expose employees to new areas of responsibility.

Training provides skills that improve performance.
Technical skills training enables employees to work more efficiently, using design tools or coding skills to their maximum potential. These new skills often allow workers to get their jobs done in a fraction of the time previously needed, saving hundreds of hours of time over the course of the year. New and improved skills acquired through training may even help avoid a Photoshop disaster that reflects poorly on your company.

Similarly, programs that train employees provide them with opportunities to learn design skills, coding and about applications they never knew they could master. By showing workers that they have the ability to conquer these challenges provides them with a strong sense of confidence. Since these programs lead to so many benefits for employees, they keep employees engaged in the workplace. 

According to a recent Gallup poll, 63 percent of employees in the world are not engaged at work, leading to lower production numbers and decreased revenues. However, employees who have the chance to participate in programs that will provide them with real-world skills may experience higher engagement in the office. Classes offered by the American Graphics Institute can teach employees valuable skills that will greatly improve their workplace performance, no matter the industry in which they are employed. 

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics training along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.