A parachute jump or driving lesson may not sound like typical
components of an employee training scheme, but in people industries this
lateral approach can be far more effective than the ubiquitous computer
In today's world, the people within a company are its most precious
resource. Every individual will use their own invaluable experiences on
any project, and these are the skills and expertise for which clients
invariably pay. Shrewd employers know effective training is the pivotal
element in maximising their workforce's potential.
The right staff development scheme should reap immense rewards for both
individual careers and the company as a whole. It will help to retain
the best people by providing them with renewed personal motivation and
inspiration, and also eliminate feelings of under-appreciation that can
prompt employees to seek alternative employment. This practice makes
good business sense by not only keeping profitable individuals as part
of the team, but also minimising the recruitment and training
expenditure associated with high staff turnover. Clients will benefit
from the new-found inspiration and vigour that prevents a company's
approach from becoming stale.
That is why we have developed a new initiative. Under our 'Learn to
Grow' scheme, consultants are encouraged to make use of an individual
budget of pounds 1000 a year and three days a month of work time to
focus on any area of their own personal development. Depending on our
approval, employees can choose any activity that they feel will enhance
existing skills or develop new ones, improve confidence, and assist with
their work. These can include anything from studying a new marketing
skill to pot-holing.
We believe that in the long term the commitment will pay great dividends
for both those who choose to work with us, and our business. And
besides, I can't wait to see some of the Zalpha team hurling themselves
out of that skydiving plane!