A 2014 Deloitte state-of-the-industry report determined that overall spending for employee training in the U.S. amounted to about $70 billion that year. Large companies of 10,000 or more employees, the study showed, spent just over $800 per person for skills training while smaller companies, including those with fewer than 500 employees, spent more than twice that. Employees are offered about 32 hours of professional training each year and more than a third of that training is delivered through technology, the report noted.
It can be difficult to encourage your employees to learn outside of their work, and to even take advantage of their learning stipends. Chances are, by the time they get home, they’re tired, have chores to complete, or children to take care of- and the last thing they want to do is use their brain before tending to anything else. And before we even begin to understand how to motivate our employees and coworkers to embrace lifelong learning, it’s important to realize why it’s important to have them learn.
It seems we do just about everything online these days.
A prime example is shopping online. (Perhaps you noticed a reduction in crowds at the malls during this recent holiday season.) We also communicate through the internet, watch TV and movies online, and make our vacation reservations through an attractive website that lets us purchase our airfare, hotel stay, and car rental all with the click of a button or two.