Nearly 10 years ago, a friend of mine left a promising role with long-term promotional prospects and a great organizational culture. When I questioned his reasoning behind such a risky move, He replied,

“They do not want to help me grow.”

“94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development”

Now 10 years later, I wonder what would be different if my friend felt his career had developed.

While training and development is not a new concept, it certainly drives employee motivation and commitment in today’s culture.

Three thousand years ago, a man named Asaph, songwriter to King David of Israel, wrote about the necessity of training and development.

For the Jewish people, teaching history, the law, and the contemporary application of truth to their children was supposed to give each consecutive generation hope.

There is a three-thousand-year-old argument that future hope is only possible through training and development.

Hope that tomorrow the job will be easier because they’ve up-skilled in their role.
Hope that the future will be strategically effective because they’re trained to recognize and seize opportunities.
Hope that training will produce collective organizational growth.

Training and development should give employees hope.

94% of employees are really saying is they have no hope for the future in their current role.

What if even half of our people felt empowered to grow and develop at work.

If 50% of our workforce engaged further, in hope, what might be possible at work?

As we look forward into the year, what can we do to develop those we lead?

Perhaps it’s helping an employee gain public speaking confidence through Toastmasters?
Perhaps it’s a team trip to a local TED event (or even watching one on youtube).
What if everyone got paid to audit one university class this year?

Whatever it is, invest in your organization by investing in those who are your organization.

Train, develop, and see what difference the hope of a better tomorrow makes.

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