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The 5 Most Desirable Employee Training and Development Opportunities

classroom-learningAttracting employees who bring the righskills and experience to the workplace often feels like searching for a needle in a haystack. That’s why companies are investing more in employee training and development.


But, sprinkling in a few extra learning opportunities isn’t going to get you the impact you’re looking for. An effective employee development program depends on a handful of components, all essential for employee learning.


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The first must-have staple for meaningful and sustainable employee growth is learning and development opportunities. Our research found that the top five training and development opportunities employees want are:

  • Online training sessions or webinars
  • Manager coaching
  • Classroom-style learning
  • Peer coaching
  • Cross-training 

Here’s how some big-name businesses are tackling these 5 employee development opportunities.


1. Online Training Sessions and Webinars


Online training sessions or webinars are time-efficient ways to train your employees. Online sessions allow managers to track employee progress so that they can reach out if assistance or support is needed.


Take McKinsey and Company for example. They invest over $200 million a year in the career development of their employees including “Embark,” their intensive training program to get consultants ready for action. Employees can interact virtually or in-person with their colleagues to develop skills and grow their knowledge of specific topics.


2. Manager Coaching


Manager coaching is the simplest, yet most effective development opportunity for employees. Managers have direct visibility into employee performance, so they can assess and ensure the continuous employee development.


Enterprise enlists the use of manager coaching with their Formal Mentor Program. The program, “assists mentees in their professional and personal development by focusing on company culture, diversity, leadership, interpersonal skills and work/life balance.”


3. Classroom-Style Learning


According to a SHRM Skills Gap Report, 25% of Americans believe educational institutions should be responsible for solving workforce-development issues – which makes the case for exploring classroom-style learning. 


And classroom-style learning isn’t just for students. This style of learning is effective when training a group of employees on the same tasks. The group setting allows for communication and encourages questions. Addressing specific topics all at once will help standardize messaging and build consistency.


4. Peer coaching


Training can be intimidating, especially when it’s facilitated by someone you don’t know well. Peer coaching eliminates the intimidation factor and fosters a more relaxed learning experience.


Consider Facebook’s FLiP program, which stands for Facebook Leadership in Practice. It’s a peer-to-peer program that allows leaders to receive feedback and even coaching from their peers and senior leadership.


Employees may feel more comfortable asking questions in this setting, which leads to better understanding of the concept or development area at hand. Additionally, managers can learn invaluable insights about the individual’s personal goals and their perspective on where the organization is headed.


5. Cross-Training


Cross-training holistically develops employees to be their best selves in several areas of the business. This style of development helps curb position fatigue while expanding employees’ horizons to build and grow different skills.


Explore providing alternative cross-training opportunities for your employees – such as conferences, online courses, or facilitating a company-wide book clubRegardless of the types of opportunities you provide, cross-training allowyour employees to enhance their skillset in a variety of disciplines that will improve their fit within their role as well as the organization.



If you’re looking for new training and development opportunities for your employees, you’ve come to the right place. Download our ebook, Employee Development: HR's 4-Ingredient Recipe for Healthy, Balanced Employee Growth to get all the details on the right components to cook up success.


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