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One key factor in employee motivation and retention is the opportunity employees want to continue to grow and develop job and career enhancing skills. In fact, this opportunity to continue to grow and develop through training and development is one of the most important factors in employee motivation.

There are a couple of secrets about what employees want from training and development opportunities, however. Plus, training and development opportunities are not just found in external training classes and seminars. These ideas emphasize what employees want in training and development opportunities. They also articulate your opportunity to create devoted, growing employees who will benefit both your business and themselves through your training and development opportunities.

Training and Development Option: Job Content and Responsibilities
Training and development can be imparted significantly through the responsibilities in an employee’s current job.
· Expand the job to include new, higher level responsibilities.
· Reassign responsibilities that the employee does not like or that are routine.
· Provide more authority for the employee to self-manage and make decisions.
· Invite the employee to contribute to more important, department or company-wide decisions and planning.
· Provide more access to important and desirable meetings.
· Provide more information by including the employee on specific mailing lists, in company briefings, and in your confidence.
· Provide more opportunity to establish goals, priorities, and measurements.
· Assign reporting staff members to his or her leadership or supervision.
· Assign the employee to head up projects or teams.
· Enable the employee to spend more time with his or her boss.
· Provide the opportunity for the employee to cross-train in other roles and responsibilities.

Training and Development Option: Formal Training and Development
· Enable the employee to attend an external seminar.
· Enable the employee to attend an internally offered training session.
· Perform all of the activities listed before, during, and after a training session to ensure that the learning is transferred to the employee’s job.
· Ask the employee to train other employees with the information learned at a seminar or training session.
· Purchase business books for the employee. Sponsor a book club or offer the time at a department meeting to discuss the information or present the information learned to others.
· Offer commonly-needed training and information on an Intranet, an internal company website.
· Pay for the employee to take online classes and identify low or no cost online training.
· Provide a flexible schedule so the employee can take time to attend university, college, or other formal educational sessions.
· Provide tuition assistance to encourage the employee's pursuit of additional education.

Resource: HR Horizons: Training and Development for Employee Motivation and Retention

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