How can managers support employees

Managing a team can be tough. When it comes to developing their team, 75% of managers were dissatisfied with their companys Learning and Development function as the training provid

How can managers support employees

Managing a team can be tough. When it comes to developing their team, 75% of managers were dissatisfied with their companys Learning and Development function as the training provided didn't help them close the gap in achieving business goals.

Yet providing opportunities for employees to develop new skills is essential for teams and businesses to thrive. Studies show that employees who are offered internal progression and professional development opportunities are more likely to stay with a business than those who are not, and training plays a large part in enabling this internal mobility and boosting staff retention.

For managers, the cost of training can seem like a significant financial investment  the annual global spend on training in 2020 was $357.7 billion dollars. However, the cost of high staff turnover can be even greater, as replacing a team member can cost up to 16-20% of their annual salary, including the cost of recruitment, induction training, and loss of productivity during onboarding.

By actively supporting training initiatives, and encouraging a continuous learning environment, managers can help to retain valuable staff members. Research shows that it is well worth the money, as investment in training has been linked to significant organizational performance gains.

So why is training not always seen as worthwhile?

Many organizations view training as a one-time event, such as a course or a workshop. In reality, opportunities for learning should be woven into an employee's everyday tasks. The best person to support the learning process is often an employees manager, yet they dont always have the learning and development knowledge and experience they need to do this effectively.

What should managers do to support training? Here are 6 ways in which managers can support their team members learning journeys.

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