How can an organisation provide employees with opportunities to build their own skills and enhance their marketability without compromising the business goals of the organisation. Discuss

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Technologies improvement, globalization, constant evolution in the business have meant that training and development have become a main issue for each organization. . « Employees are our most important asset » is no longer a lip-service statement used by Managers but CEOs understand that the skills of the workforce are one of the most important issue in their organization »said Becky Breining (2000). « Everybody right now is overloaded at work. » said Judy Bragg, president of PC Coach Inc., a firm that consult with companies on issues related to both technology an personal development. « People can feel they're basically being used, that they are not appreciated anymore. Training can make the employee feel like the company is interested and concerned ». It is the reason why training and development are essential to survive in a competitive environment. On the other hand, increase the skill of your staff, enhance at the same time their marketability, in other words, training your employees may endanger the business goals of the organisation by increasing the risk of turnover.

For a long time, costs of replacing employees has been acknowledged by management, (usually several thousands of dollars) and they work on motivating them to implement creative retention practices. It is the reason why, Human Resources Managers, should ask themself the question : How can we train our staff and retain them at the same time ? Several rules should be respected to answer to this problematic

Poor training cause high turnover and more recruitment needed. Many organizations stress the importance of employees but send the opposite message to them by not providing a worthwhile training effort. Shortcuts here will create performance problems and dissatisfaction. Ideally, as much of the training should be pre-service as possible (2001; Christopher A Hertig). It is the reason...