Learning and Development Vision for the future
Many of you may be surprised by the new L&D department’s recent inclusion to the business. so why bother? What is L&D? and, what plans does Genesis have for the future?
L&D is not about taking people away from their daily workload sitting in a room for a day, then heading back to continue the day job not remembering half of what was taught. Training and development encompasses three main activities: Training, education and development.
- Training : This activity is focussed upon and evaluated against, the job that the individual currently holds.
- Education: This activity focuses upon the jobs that an individual may potentially hold in the future, and is evaluated against those jobs.
- Development: This activity focuses upon the activities that the company employing the individual, or that the individual is a part of, may partake in the future and is almost impossible to evaluate.
Genesis are committed to all 3, our vision is to create new leaders whilst embedding new individuals into the business, it’s culture, and also developing the careers of existing employees further.
So why bother?
What happens if we train employees and they don’t stay? More importantly what happens if we don’t train employees and they do stay? If we at Genesis want to grow market share and improve our financials we need a skilled committed employee base to do it. That includes training and development. There will be times when employees leave after training, it happens, but more often there will be employees who leave because there is no training. There will also be employees who stay because there is training.
I learned a long time ago it’s much cheaper to keep employees you have than to continuously attract new ones. That said Genesis is expanding, we have new recruits starting in July, September and January next year so this is an exciting time for a new arm to the business.
So how are Genesis going to develop?
We are developing retention strategies and courses to keep our employees we’ve worked so hard to attract in the first place. There has to be a focus not only on the ‘new blood’ but also our employees already working here. Why not invest in people? And yes sometimes people will leave but they remain advocates of the business because the company helped them grow and succeed. This is employee engagement, employees who understand how their talents fit into the overall vision of the company are more likely to strive to work harder and want to develop within the business.
Well we’ve already started the engagement process with new recruits currently undergoing their onboarding programme, with assessment days and future start dates planned for the rest of this year and in 2016, Genesis is clearly set on not only developing the talent within the business and creating new team leaders and managers but also embedding the culture of L&D from the outset with new starters.
Exciting times ahead!