Some of you may be questioning my sanity with so many of us looking for ways to cut costs these days, but let me caution you about trimming down or eliminating that line item for training in next year’s budget.
In a study of the Millennial generation conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, this generation, who started in the workplace in 2000, detailed what was important to them in terms of what they want from employers.
[quote]“For Millennials training and development is the most highly valued employee benefit. The number choosing training and development as their first choice of benefit is three times higher than those who chose cash bonuses. 98 percent believe working with strong coaches and mentors is an important part of their development.”[/quote]
CEOs who are looking to attract the best and brightest talent know this about the freshman employees they are hiring, and are taking steps to be able to fulfill employment interviewer promises that training is a priority for their companies.
The top five soft-skills training programs that have been trending over the last five years fall into the following categories:
- Business Etiquette
- Project Management
- Presentation Skills
- Time Management
- Sales Skills
These are training programs that address the soft skills that employers know their entry-level employees are lacking. They also are aware of the fact that these skills can make or break those critical relationships that companies are attempting to build with their clients and prospects.
On a curious note, what kinds of training programs are your employees looking for?
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