That is the question…
As a member of the workforce, you have most likely provided or approved some level of training in order to enhance the skillsets of your employees. But is training always a good thing? Here are some reasons why you should not train your employees.
1. They Will Expect a Raise
You take the time to provide valuable training to someone and they become even better at their job. At first, it can have a positive impact on the company – but then you realize (and they always realize too) that they are now more valuable and probably deserve a raise. While your company benefits from their enhanced skillsets, is it worth the extra cost to payroll, benefits, and taxes? Perhaps you should cut the training budget again this year.
2. They Will Leave
Inevitably, training leads to enhanced skills which leads to higher value employees. In fact, sometimes an employee can become so good at their job, that they become attractive to other companies who are willing to pay a bit more, provide a promotion, or just a nice change of scenery. You just spent time, effort, and money priming the perfect employee, and now they are gone. Your department’s valuable resources may be better spent on more employee luncheons than that technical seminar.
3. They Will Replace You
Pay raises and losing valuable employees can be bad, but getting replaced by the very employee you have worked hard to improve is the worst. If your employee becomes more skilled than you, your boss may take notice, and ultimately swap you out for a younger, better looking, and more skilled version of you. Under-skilled staff may equal more job security for you.
To sum up, if you want to make your life more difficult and stressful than it already is, go ahead and train your employees.
In reality, training employees can have many positive impacts on your business. Strategically improving technical and soft skills can increase efficiency and productivity, as well as boost morale. Improving employee skillsets is an important investment in one of your greatest assets. Short term financial gains from lack of or inadequate training can be short sighted and often has negative consequences further down the road by hindering your company’s ability to improve, grow, and/or adjust to a changing marketplace.
Properly executed training plans can often have a positive rather than a negative effect on employee retention. It is true that valuable employees may choose to leave, but it’s not usually solely because of enhanced skillsets. Employees who can see their company taking an active interest in improving their skillsets may be more invested in their career and have higher commitment to their company.
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