Professional development has grown from being an option to an absolute must for enhancing a company’s talent management. It currently sits among the top three non-financial motivators for employees. 76 percent of employees express the need for career growth opportunities. In fact, it’s so valuable to employees that forty percent of those who receive poor training leave their jobs within the first year.
According to Great Place to Work, employee development has been identified by 2014’s best 100 companies as ‘’a top area of focus.’’ The company’s CEO, China Gorman, thinks that, “As companies grow and the war for talent intensifies, it is increasingly important that training and development programs are not only competitive, but are also supporting the organization on its defined strategic path”. This support that is brought on by professional development promotes employee satisfaction. It leads to a positive environment where the well-being of employees is valued and catered to.