As begin our first week EIDT 6501: Training and Development, we were asked to create an elevator that could help convince someone that training is important for their organization. In my elevator speech I highlight a few points that I found to be factors that have an important impact on making decisions on investing in training. These factors include linking training to business strategies, employee engagement, and adding value to the organization by getting a greater return on investment through taking a systematic approach to identifying training that can attract and retain high quality and productive employees. With that said, please take a moment to listen to my elevator speech. Feedback on how to improve of course would be welcomed and the script for the speech is located below.
Elevator Speech Script:
Picture your organization five or even ten years from now if you eliminated the vast majority of all training programs that were not mandated by law or necessary for training new hires at your organization. What would the climate of your organization be? What would potential candidates think of your organization? How might your employees react and how will you fill positions internally that require advanced knowledge and skills or leadership training? The picture you are envisioning might be one of stagnant growth and lack of employee engagement. Ultimately, over time this will negative impact your organization’s ability to maintain a completive edge in attracting and retaining high quality skilled employees as well as potentially negatively impact the organization’s productivity and growth due to lack of employee engagement (Noe, 2013).
I know budgets are tight, but implementing effective training programs that take a systematic approach and are linked to your business strategies will help your organization maintain success (Noe, 2013). Our training team can help you identify these business strategies in order to develop training initiative and activities that will add value to your organization and help you to achieve a greater return on your investment. We can help you overcome potential challenges with attracting and retaining high quality and skilled employees by providing training opportunities that promote your organization’s focus on learning and developing skills as well as providing opportunities for professional development including training on leadership skills (Noe, 2013). Additionally, providing training opportunities that allow your employees to advance their knowledge and skills will help to strengthen employee engagement which will positive impact their commitment to the organization and their productivity (Noe, 2013). New technologies are also available that can help your organization provide training that can be accessed regardless of an employee’s time constraints or location which will help you save on travel expenses that may have been associated with training in the past.
If you will allow me the opportunity to discuss with you in greater detail what your organization’s goals and objectives are we can work together to identify how training might help your organization to achieve those goals and continue to maintain a competitive advantage by having a well-trained and high quality workforce that is engaged and productive.
Noe, R. A. (2013). Employee training and development (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.