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Make Your Talent Even More Talented
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Make Your Talent Even More Talented

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Developing talent within the workforce is one of the most important ways that companies ensure future success and increase Return on Employee Investment (ROEI). When two businesses are similar yet one …

Developing talent within the workforce is one of the most important ways that companies ensure future success and increase Return on Employee Investment (ROEI). When two businesses are similar yet one thrives while the other is on the verge of failure, you can usually pinpoint the difference to how well (or poorly) each company manages talent. Wise investments in employee and leadership development tend to improve financial results.

Sage believes that employees are the most important component in the quest to improve business results. Employee-related expenses are your company’s investment in the workforce, and like any other investment, this investment should yield a healthy return—or ROEI.

The business environment is changing, and success is increasingly determined by how well firms manage and utilize data and knowledge rather than equipment or materials. Learning and skills acquisition will be life-long processes for the new generation of workers, and they’ll want to work for companies that help them achieve career objectives.

This paper examines the value of learning and some of the myths and facts associated with talent development. We’ll also share some key considerations for developing learning programs and how learning technology can maximize training results and efficiency.

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  • 1. Sage HRMSMake Your Talent Even More Talented:The Power of Learning
  • 2. Executive SummaryDeveloping talent within the workforce is one of the most important ways that companies ensure future success and increase Return onEmployee Investment (ROEI™). When two businesses are similar yet one thrives while the other is on the verge of failure, you can usuallypinpoint the difference to how well (or poorly) each company manages talent. Wise investments in employee and leadership developmenttend to improve financial results.Sage believes that employees are the most important component in the quest to improve business results. Employee-related expenses areyour company’s investment in the workforce, and like any other investment, this investment should yield a healthy return—or ROEI.The business environment is changing, and success is increasingly determined by how well firmsmanage and utilize data and knowledge rather than equipment or materials. Learning and skills “The best way for a company toacquisition will be life-long processes for the new generation of workers, and they’ll want to work increase competitiveness is tofor companies that help them achieve career objectives. invest in its employees.”This paper will examine the value of learning and some of the myths and facts associated with Johnny Laurent, 2011talent development. We’ll also share some key considerations for developing learning programsand how learning technology can maximize training results and efficiency.The Value of LearningTalent development strategies use both planned and unplanned learning to increase the productivity and potential of the workforce andachieve (or maintain) a competitive advantage for the business. Employee training and development programs are essential for achieving anumber of business objectives: • Leveraging new and better skill sets • Maintaining essential professional certifications • Keeping employees engaged and productive • Helping employees advance their careers—and retaining them longer • Maintaining compliance with legal requirements • Developing future managers and leadersWhy train and provide learning programs for employees?Training leads to higher-quality work, increased productivity, and more engaged employees. This delivers measureable value to both theorganization and its employees. In fact, research reported by the British Printing Industries Foundation showed that two-thirds of employeessaid they worked harder as a result of learning new skills, and businesses that invested an extra $81 (£50) per week on training increasedprofits nearly twice as fast as businesses that did not.1 21 BPIF, “Why train your staff? website.The Power of Learning
  • 3. Myths and Statistics about Talent DevelopmentWhen it comes to training and learning programs, there are a lot of mixed messages. On one hand, everyone can see that knowledge andadvanced training are key to navigating the changing competitive landscape. But on the other hand, when budgets are slashed, training isoften one of the first things to be cut. Just how important is training? And can we measure its impact on business results?First, let’s dispel a few myths associated with talent development.Myth: Compensation is the most important factor in employee engagementThere’s no doubt that compensation plays a key role in employee satisfaction and retention. But it’s not the most important driver ofengagement. According to Aon Hewitt, in both 2010 and 2011, the top global driver of engagement was “career opportunities” defined as“Employees’ perceptions of a favorable set of circumstances for their future in the organization, including growth and advancement andincluding perceptions of the processes and fairness of decisions regarding employees’ opportunities.”2 Employees know that in order totake advantage of career opportunities, they need to acquire the right sets of skills. Learning is fundamental to career advancement. Median Revenue Per EmployeeMyth: It’s hard to determine if talent development impacts company results $250,000 $210,380If you think that training programs are nice to have but not necessary if budgets aretight, think again. We’ve already seen that career opportunities are the most important $200,000driver of engagement. Here’s another interesting statistic: A joint study by APQC, $150,000 $137,931Workforce Management, and IBM found that companies whose employees attendmore training earn higher revenue per employee.3 $100,000When budgets are tight, don’t cut training—instead, make learning more efficient andaffordable. We’ll look at some technology that can help you do this at the end of this $50,000paper. $0 Equal to or Greater thanMyth: Talent development is no more important than other HR responsibilities Less than 5 Days 5 Days Average Learning Days Per EmployeeEnsuring the current and future competitiveness of your organization’s workforce Source: Workforce.comcan make the difference between success and failure for your company. Accordingto a CrossKnowledge Company research report, “David Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank of the University of Michigan reported that 43% ofHR’s value comes from the strategic contributions made by the function. They also found that companies where HR strategy is alignedwith business strategy, and which develop HR professionals who understand their businessand make strategic contributions, can show up to a 250% increase in business performancecompared to companies with a more tactical/transactional HR functions.”4 43% of HR’s value comes from its strategic contributions.Facts: Now that we’ve eliminated some of myths, let’s review a few facts about the state oftraining programs today. David Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank, University of Michigan. 3Aon Hewitt, “2012 Trends in Employee Engagement,” 2012, pp 18-21.23 Rachele Williams and Lawson Arnett, AQPC, “The ROI of Employee Training and Development: Why a Hearty Investment in Employee Training and Development Is So Important,” Workforce.comCharles Jennings and Jerome Wargnier, “Effective Learning With 70:20:10,” p. 4.4“2011 Training Industry Report,” Training, November/December 2011.5
  • 4. Spending and budgeting for training:5• In 2011, the total spent on training at U.S. companies (including training payroll and external products and services) increased 13 percent to $59.7 billion.• The average training budget for midsized companies was $1.8 million, and small companies dedicated an average of $256,082. 25%• Training budgets in 2011: 42% Decreased Stayed the same asAverage amount of training per employee: 6 32% 2010 • Average training expenditures per learner—$749 Increased • Average hours of training per employee—39How training gets delivered: 7 21.9% online or computer-based technologies 24% by a blending of techniques 41.6% in a classroom setting 73% of compliance training is conducted at least partially online 0 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%What employees think of talent development efforts:8 50% believe their employers do a good job of “developing people to their full potential.” 59% agree that their employers provide good opportunities to receive training. 0 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 4“2011 Training Industry Report,” Training, November/December 2011.6“2011 Training Industry Report,” Training, November/December 2011.7Mercer, “Inside Employees’ Minds: Navigating the new rules of engagement,” June 2011, p. 489 Alan Chapman, “Training or Learning?” Businessballs.com.The Power of Learning
  • 5. Key Considerations for Developing Learning ProgramsAlan Chapman, founder of Businessballs, believes, “Training suggests putting stuff into people, when actually we should be developingpeople from the inside out—so they achieve their own individual potential . . . Training is about the organization. Learning is about theperson.”9In business, there is a need for both training and learning, but learning is more strategic. You’re more likely to achieve engagement whenyou help employees learn skills that increase their competitiveness in the marketplace than when you deliver how-to instructions.Never cut compliance training!Compliance training in the area of federal and state regulations is perhaps the most important training that can be provided to employees.This includes harassment and discrimination—two areas that have generated a rash of employee lawsuits in recent years. It’s also importantto provide compliance training for safety issues and company policies.Compliance training ensures safe business practices and helps the company lower the risk of lawsuits. It’s important to note, however, thatavoiding risk is not the same as improving competitiveness.New ways of working require new ways of learningKnowledge workers use information differently than production workers traditionally have. In the industrial production world, a workerneeded to memorize the exact procedures required to do his or her job over and over. A knowledge worker, by contrast, must know how tofind information and then manipulate it and analyze it in order to solve a problem. It is not necessary for him to memorize it—only to locateit, use it, and process it.The shift toward the knowledge industry requires new ways of learning and new technology to assist the learning process. To designeffective learning programs for your future workforce, it is important to consider: 1. Meta learning—Learning how to learn is key to future success. Help your employees develop skills according to their learning style and take advantage of their strengths. Because information is constantly updated, it is only useful for a short time. That’s why the skill of how we search has more strategic value over the long term than what we find. Learning is now a process—a life-long pursuit of newer and better skills for dealing with information. 2. Informal learning—With a greater focus on service work, employees need to learn not just information and theories, but how to make good judgments. Generally, that type of learning comes with experience and working together with others. Ways to encourage informal learning include creating good teams, documenting processes, and using technology (discussion boards, wikis, podcasts) to share experiences. 5Alan Chapman, “Training or Learning?” Businessballs.com.The Power of Learning
  • 6. New Ways of Learning Are Enhanced by New TechnologyThe types of learning that are most important in the workplace are changing. So are the tools that we use to learn. When evaluatinghow you deliver training and learning, think about the technology preferences of different generations in your workforce, and keep thesetechnology considerations in mind: 1. Learning Management Systems (LMS)—Many HR departments are turning to learning management systems to help their organizations shift toward more strategic talent development. An LMS can help you work with your employees to map out career goals and opportunities, then identify the right learning objectives to accomplish objectives. It also helps HR departments keep an eye on critical skills and competencies from an organizational level and to deliver multiple forms of training and education. A good LMS empowers employees with skills they need and enables your organization to: • Increase workforce productivity. • Deliver targeted training to close skill gaps. • Enable high-impact social learning. • Reduce risk with better compliance. • Increase employee retention. 2. Online learning platforms—From multiple shifts to multiple locations to flex schedules and telecommuters, it has gotten harder to gather all of your employees together in one place, at one time for training. Online learning platforms allow employees to fit training into their schedules and to learn in the way that they prefer. If an employee learns best in a group with an instructor, a virtual classroom experience must be best suited. If an employee prefers to go at her own pace and be able to review the same material again, then self-paced online modules work better. 3. Mobility—Increasing numbers of employees use mobile devices at work or as they travel for business. There is an expectation that workers should be able to connect with work at any time. When it comes to your training, can employees learn from anywhere? Using the device of their choice? 4. Social learning platforms—Some of the best learning happens in collaboration. Social media tools such as blogs, wikis, and Twitter can help your employees to share knowledge when deployed in a business environment. A social learning platform can help employees—especially younger workers who already use these tools—work together to establish best practices, share answers to questions, and improve productivity by not having to learn the same information twice.How Sage Can HelpSage HRMS Talent Management by Cornerstone OnDemand consists of Sage HRMS Learning Management and Sage HRMS PerformanceManagement—both integrated with Sage HRMS. It includes business social networking for “informal learning,” career path developmenttools, succession planning, and much more.Sage HRMS Learning Management by Cornerstone OnDemand helps you optimize your talent by delivering highly targeted training of anykind—ensuring that learning initiatives are not randomly assigned but instead actively address identified competency and skill gaps anddrive organizational productivity.To learn more about Sage HRMS Talent Management, please visit: na.sage.com/Sage-HRMS 6The Power of Learning
  • 7. About Sage HRMSAn industry-leading, customizable HRMS solution, Sage HRMS helps companies optimize their HR business processes as well asmaximize their Return On Employee Investment (ROEI)™. Developed by HR professionals for HR professionals, Sage HRMS delivers atightly integrated set of comprehensive features and functionality that increases efficiency and improves productivity at every level in theorganization.With Sage HRMS, you can successfully meet and respond to the HR management challenges you face every day in the areas of payroll,benefits, employee self-service, attendance, recruiting, training, workforce analytics, and more. By automating and streamlining your day-to-day HR business processes using Sage HRMS, you and your staff are freed up to spend more time and energy on the business asset thatis most vital to your company—your employees.A global $2.2 billion software company with over 30 years of experience and 6.3 million customers, Sage has provided HRMS solutionslonger than any other company in North America. By choosing Sage, you not only get productivity- boosting HR and payroll softwaresolutions, you get the support of an award-winning customer service team and access to many other business tools and resources thatmake your work life easier.To learn more, please call us at 800-424-9392, or visit our website at: na.sage.com/Sage-HRMSSage888 Executive Center Dr. West, Suite 300St. Petersburg, FL 33702Telephone: 800-424-9392na.sage.com/Sage-HRMS 7©2012 Sage Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, the Sage logos, and the Sage product and servicenames mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software, Inc., or its affiliatedentities. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 09/12

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