Budget for Employee Training in Next Fiscal Year

Now is the time to analyze your workforce training and professional development needs for the new year.

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Out of the many items on your new year to-do list, is developing and bolstering your workforce one of them?

This is the perfect time to analyze your workplace training and professional development needs. The Journal of Leadership Studies reported that the more a company focuses on internal professional growth, the better its sales, profits and profit margins.

When it comes to workforce training, Lee Stuart, leadership instructor at the KU Edwards Campus, sees firsthand the benefits of continued leadership and professional development. "It is soft skills combined with an organization's technical skills that distinguish great companies from the merely good,” said Stuart. “The missing ingredient in the conduct of modern business is emotional dexterity."

In the ever–changing, high-tech world we live in today, employers are finding a gap in ‘soft skills,’ among many workers, especially young workers. Knowing how to effectively communicate, problem-solve, collaborate and organize can make a big impact on employee success.

“While there are many areas of focus, the most sought-after trainings include professional development focus on business presentation skills, developing emotional intelligence and leading through times of change,” said Stuart.

Most-requested leadership topics at KUEC include:

1. Business presentation skills. Don't let it be you! Don't be that person who puts an audience to sleep with a poorly organized business presentation, a stammering, "uh, um, you know," speaking style, and slides that feature a zillion words but no clear ideas.

2. Emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is an array of emotional and social competencies that determine how we relate to ourselves and others and how we deal with the demands and pressures of our work and family lives. Unlike IQ, which is "hard wired" and predominantly hereditary, EQ can be learned, developed, and enhanced. All of us are deficient in some domain of EQ, but we can work to improve. Organizational leaders must be sensitive to EQ to communicate effectively with everyone in their organizations.

3. Leading through times of change. Change is happening in your organization. Every day, new initiatives and projects are launched to improve performance, increase profits, and enhance your competitive advantage. Organizational change is a process in which an organization optimizes performance as it works toward its ideal state, as a reaction to an ever-changing environment, a response to a crisis situation, or is triggered by a strong leader with a new vision for the future.

“Training is based on solid and up-to-date research,” says Stuart. “Through our live webinars, one-day workshops, leadership coaching, customized training and full courses, participants learn the theory behind the practice and hit hard with real world, customized application.”

Does your organization offer tuition assistance? This is a valuable, mutually beneficial perk, which encourages employees to develop their skill set. 

Now is the time to analyze your workforce training and professional development needs for the coming year. Get fast, flexible leadership training for your managers, aspiring leaders and entire organization through one-day workshopsprofessional leadership coachingcustomized leadership training and free webinars

Your employees may also pursue the new new KU Professional Leadership Certificate, which consists of five workshops and includes two hours of one-on-one professional coaching. 

Contact KU Lifelong & Professional Education at professionalprograms@ku.edu to help analyze your organization’s needs and design a plan to bolster your employees. 

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