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Investing in your employees’ career growth drives satisfaction

Sharon Florentine | July 5, 2016
Think adding a ping-pong table and dry cleaning services will boost employee engagement? Think again. What your workforce really wants is the opportunity for career growth.

Job satisfaction

Engagement is directly tied to job satisfaction and in another survey, this one by cloud learning management solutions platform Bridge by Instructure shows that training is the most important learning opportunity that drives job satisfaction.

Today's fast-paced digital world requires constant learning, professional development and new skills acquisition to be successful, says Jeff Weber, senior vice president of people and places at Bridge. A recent survey that polled 1,000 working professionals across the U.S. in October 2015 showed that workers' job satisfaction was directly tied to the availability of continuous learning and training.

The survey revealed that 36 percent of respondents say training was the most important factor in determining their job satisfaction; continuous learning and training were number 1 on the list when respondents were asked to list the most important factor contributing to their job satisfaction.

"It's pretty clear from our survey that today's workforce requires relevant training to help them become more effective at their jobs now, as well as prepare for progressing and acquiring skills that can help them move upward within their organizations," Weber says.

Today's nonstop technological and skills changes happen so rapidly that workers, especially in IT, are required to update their knowledge and skills almost on a daily basis to keep up, Weber says, and previous research from Bridge revealed that even college-educated professionals felt their college education didn't adequately prepare them for their present roles. With so much new technology and new skills to acquire, continuous learning is a major factor in not just an IT pro's success, but in their satisfaction with their role and their future, he says.

"In our survey, the majority of employees say continuous learning was important or very important to their job satisfaction.They cared about their growth and wanted these training opportunities. And 53 percent of respondents say they're very likely or likely to leave their job because there are insufficient learning and professional growth opportunities. This is a major message to companies that if you're not sufficiently providing ways for workers to learn and grow, they have no qualms about leaving for another place that will give them those opportunities," he says.


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