Small businesses are often confused when it comes to training their employees. Though they would love to see their workers productive and well-equipped, they are apprehensive that the freshly-trained manpower will leave them for more lucrative pay scales in bigger companies. However, it is a dangerous and a narrow view. When businesses are not focused on developing their human resources, they could be damaging the morale of their employees and also affecting their bottom line.
One of the reasons for such a dilemma could be because the training sector in general and the professionals who deal with corporate training and development often struggle to establish a return on investment from the corporate training programs. While the training industry imparts real and practical skills, at times these are "soft" skills. Moreover, these freshly acquired skills from the training take some amount of time to show a positive impact on the company's bottom line.
Additionally, improvements from some corporate training could be difficult to track from one point to another. However, studies have time and again proved that a scientifically developed corporate training program definitely yields in ROI and benefits the workers as well as the organization.
The remedy to this perception is quite simple. People who feel passionately about the benefits of corporate training programs need to speak the merits of such curriculums in terms of ROI more frequently. They should also speak about the other benefits of the training programs like better teamwork, more enlightened leaders, and satisfied workforce. ROI is that magic term that the leadership team understands and responds best.