If you are in a profession that requires yearly hours completed for ongoing licensure than this is something you are familiar with.
You might even, dare we say – ENJOY!
Dusting off those tools we learned years ago and adding some new knowledge and insight into our skill set can help to make us feel rejuvenated and up to date on best practices.
However those in professions that do not require ongoing learning may be reluctant to invest in conferences and seminars for themselves.
But we believe that the learning process should never end!
Professional development has many benefits that can help a company in the long run. Here are a few reasons why:
- Your staff is a representation of who you are as a company. You want the most equipped group representing you. If they are up to date with the latest practices in their profession they are better able to offer iDEAL services.
- Professional development helps employees continue to not only be competent in their profession, but also excel in it . The more knowledge an individual gains of a specific skill set, the more confidence they will have when performing these skills.
- Additionally, professional development helps employees stay interested and interesting.
As a leader or supervisor, encourage your employees to seek out conferences that are a fit for your business. You can also plan ahead and budget for these events. They don’t always have to be conferences in different cities, but can be as simple as a webinar that an employee can watch at their desk.
By providing opportunities for professional development, employers are investing in their employees and ultimately strengthening the backbone of the business.
The next time an employee asks about an upcoming conference or seminar, take a step back and consider the potential benefits to the company — they might just surprise you.