Investment in Training
Considering a company’s business strategy provides insight into both the level and type of investments companies should make to realize their strategic objectives. U.S. organizations spent about $70.6 billion on employee training and development in 2015. That’s a lot of money for training. The decision about how much to spend for learning and development will depend upon your company’s strategy. Deciding how much money is available for training should be factored into an organizational needs analysis. If little money is available, the company will have to use other means to ensure that employees are trained to do their jobs. More selective hiring is one alternative. These are the direct costs of failing to train employees. Indirect costs can include recruiting and hiring expenses related to replacing employees who are injured and can no longer work, or who quit because they believe their workplace isn’t safe. Similarly, ensuring that employees understand any regulatory restrictions or requirements they must adhere to will dramatically decrease a firm’s long-term legal problems. Therefore, managers need to remember that no matter what the company strategy, there are certain types of training that have to occur, regardless of the cost.
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