Investing in Your I.T. Employees' Futures Benefits You
By Lyle Worthington, Technology Executive and Consultant & Past President of HFTP Global
One of my personal philosophies is never stop learning. Learning something new means moving forward. It is equally important that the people who work with and for me continue learning and growing as well. It is extremely motivating to work around people who are all investing in, contributing to and believing in what they are doing. Everyone benefits from the positive attitudes, and poor performers stick out like a sore thumb. When a company embraces a learning environment and managers encourage growth and development of top performers, job satisfaction and job performance will go up.
Some companies may worry that employees will demand more money or leave the company for a better opportunity. This is certainly a possibility, but as your employees become more valuable to you, they will be more valuable to others, so if you don't provide them a path to grow within your company they might seek that path elsewhere. Even if that does happen, you still benefit from their additional knowledge and new ideas while they're with you, and possibly even after their departure.