Offering employees the opportunity to learn and develop their skills can help employers build and retain their staff, a new study says.
Of the more than 600 employees interviewed by HCM software group Paychex, 63% said they were more likely to stay with their current organisation if they were given better opportunities to learn. The result highlights the need for companies to provide robust educational and career-building programs for staff.
While some employers have been offering L&D opportunities to their employees, such programs are mostly given to full-time, in-office workers. Remote, hybrid, and part-time staff often do not have the same opportunities as their regular, office-based counterparts, according to the study.
Paychex HR Services Director Alison Stevens believes work experiences for employees have become much more varied than before. This is true even between staff serving in similar roles.
“We’re seeing skills gaps grow as employees increasingly get to choose working arrangements that fit their lifestyles,” Stevens said.
“With employees yearning for more educational and career-building experiences, employers will need to pay attention to the differences between these groups to curate programs that keep employees engaged and stimulated regardless of their time in an office.”
Support from employers
Most of the respondents (64%) said they either agree or strongly agree that they are satisfied with the career advancement opportunities given by their employer. However, 14% of remote workers, 8% of full-time workers, and 7% of hybrid workers disagreed.
Nearly 7 out of 10 full-time workers were more likely to be satisfied with their employer’s support, while 58% of part-time workers had the same sentiment.
If they were given better career advancement opportunities, 63% of respondents said they would be more inclined to stay with their current employer. When broken down by age group, there results are:
63% Gen Xers
62% Gen Zers
45% Baby Boomers
The study also identified the responses based on industry. Those working in construction (76%) were most likely to agree with the above statement, followed by those in education and health services (60%), retail, trade, transportation, and utilities (59%), and leisure and hospitality (42%).