It’s not uncommon for business owners to worry that they’ll train employees only for them to leave and put those new skills to work in a competitor’s office. However, training a member of your team only for them to hand their notice in isn’t the worst thing that could happen; imagine if you didn’t train your staff and they stayed. It’s better to risk losing talented staff than to retain ones that lack the skills required to do a good job.

Reassuringly, research suggests that helping your team to improve their abilities can have a positive impact on staff morale, work satisfaction and, in turn, your retention rates.

So if you’ve decided that you’d like to train your employees but you’re worried about the costs involved, read on to find out how to improve your team’s skills without burning a hole in your budget.


Embrace free courses

Nurturing your employees’ talents might seem like an expensive endeavour but in reality, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, there are countless free resources available that can help your team learn everything from public speaking to coding.


Ask team members what they’d like to learn

Calling one-to-one meetings with each member of your team and actually asking them what they’d like to learn and achieve can be a great way of honing your employees’ skills while ensuring everyone remains satisfied. You’ll give people something to works towards and reassure them that their aspirations are important and you care about their professional progress.


Plan strategically

If members of your team need time off for courses, revision or exams, plan ahead to ensure their absence won’t have a detrimental impact on the rest of your team or the day-to-day running of the business.


Share lessons learned

If a member of your team takes a particular course and their learnings could prove valuable to other members of the team, it may be worth encouraging them to share their key developments with other employees. It might be unrealistic to expect them to share all their new knowledge, but a summary of the course could help you get more value for money and inspire others to learn a similar set of skills.

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