‘Appreciate’ Employees with Training

By Sue Voyles / February 29, 2016 / ,

Your business will thank you.

You’ve certainly hear of Administrative Professionals Day, but what about Employee Appreciation Day?

Employee Appreciation Day – always the first Friday in March – was founded more than 20 years ago by Dr. Bob Nelson, author of “1001 Ways to Reward Employees” and other books on topics ranging from recognition to management. In 2016, it’s celebrated on March 4.

So what could you do today to appreciate your employees? In Nelson’s book, “1001 Ways to Energize Employees,” he writes: “The best organizations recognize that providing employees with opportunities to learn pays dividends for both the organization and the employees.”

For employees, training can have many benefits: it’s exciting to learn something new, gaining new knowledge builds confidence, and employees appreciate the investment you’ve made in them. Nelson calls training and professional development a way to “energize” employees.

For the company, training results in team members with better skills who may be more loyal to your business. Plus that training often improves customer service to both internal and external customers.

A few years ago, Fox Business News reported that communication skills are one of the top 10 skills that employers look for in their employees. Could communication training be a win-win for your organization and your team members? Would your employees benefit from training to help them write better emails, make more effective presentations or leverage their LinkedIn profile to attract new customers and/or other team members?

Our division provides communications education and coaching for employees at small-to-medium sized businesses, nonprofits, and members of associations and chambers. We have team members with experience as college faculty and instructional designers who can present these programs via in-person session or webinar.

So this Employee Appreciation Day, perhaps you’d like to appreciate your team with training that will energize them and benefit your organization. Ask us how we can help.

–Sue Voyles