Employee Training and Development

It is imperative for organizations, whether private or government-owned, to provide opportunities for their employees to grow personally and professionally. Career growth is one major factor of employee retention and decreased turnover rate in a company. Employee training and development is essential in determining the future success of an organization. Since employees serve as the fuel for daily transactions, providing them with means to cultivate their job satisfaction is tantamount to productivity, efficiency in costs, and a speedy recruitment process. But contrary to an ordinary employee’s perspective, the training begins upon the hiring of the personnel.

An employee training and development program starts when a new employee is hired for a vacant post. Upon his agreement to the contract, he will undergo the so-called probationary period which may take as little as three months to a span of six months depending on the progress of the candidate. The probationary period aims to assess whether the newly-hired is fit for the company’s expectations such as ability to conform to organizational values, expertise in the assigned position, and ability of the person to transform the company’s mission and vision into its desired output. However, there are instances when the company decides to hire personnel only with the minimum qualifications due to other recruiting factors, such as attitude. This is completely dependent on the human resource department’s jurisdiction. In such events, it is the responsibility of the company to provide continuing education until the candidate is fit for the job post and bears all the competitive requirements to secure his tenure.

There is also another type of employee training and development wherein the company chooses to recruit potential staff before they graduate from school. This is called on-the-job training and it is with the coordination of the organization concerned and the academic institution to expose their students to the real workplace, thus preparing them for their chosen career. The on-the-job training is a method used by companies to ease their recruitment process because they begin the training at a whole new level. When applicants have completed the required number of hours and conformed to the standard skills set by the company, they obtain the opportunity to be shortlisted in candidates for newly-hired. This is proven to save on the recruitment costs as companies do not need to advertise online and in newspapers to attract applicants. Also, the salaries and benefits package are all negotiable if they formally hire recruits who underwent on-the-job training. Another advantage of these type of recruits is that their loyalty and hardworking attitude is already proven.

The employee training and development programs are not only designed to promote productivity, thus increasing profitability. In the modern business world, companies show high regard to employees’ welfare because they understand the reality that the people who work for the company serve as the lifeline and determine the lifespan of the organization. When the turnover rate is so high, there is most likely a problem with the company’s policies and programs on employee training. It is also unhealthy for an organization to experience high turnover rate, financially and reputation-wise.