In the not-so-distant past, there was a misinformed school of thought that existed in relation to corporate training. In certain quarters, it was perceived that corporate training was “cost heavy, result light”. The thinking process was that a business could invest valuable funds into training without seeing any tangible return on their outlay. That perception was wrong.

Corporate training has always had the potential to deliver real, substantial and measurable positives to a business. The concept is statistically proven to be sound. The key is in the methodology. It has to be the right type of training for that particular business. That being the case, let’s take a look at the various types and benefits of corporate training available to businesses today.

Different Types of Corporate Training and their Benefits

1. Leadership Training


Leading comes naturally to some people, and not so easily to others. Either way, or anywhere in between, leadership training is vital. Essential skills can be completely developed from scratch, honed, or revised as required. The benefits of a business having the right leaders in place shine bright for everyone to see, so let’s take a look:

  • Increased productivity. A trusted and respected leader with the right skills can inspire and motivate their colleagues. Employees that buy into the vision of their manager and are completely on board with a joint sense of purpose will be more productive. Establish this culture throughout a business and success will follow.
  • Reduce turnover. Statistics show that 75% of employees who voluntarily leave their jobs, do so because of their bosses. It stands to reason then that a company can avoid high turnover and hefty recruitment costs by investing in leadership training. Put simply, the right leaders lead to happier and more content employees.
  • Future-proofing. Let’s move to dispel a popular misconception here…..that leadership training is only for already-established leaders. It really isn’t. Leadership training is for aspiring leaders, middle managers, executive leaders, and anyone in between. Today’s employees are tomorrow’s leaders. Leadership training prepares your business for the future.
  • 2. Communication and Impact Training


    This category of corporate training can often be glossed over and dismissed as buzzword lip service. Surface level with a nice title but, essentially, of no real substance or use. Well, it’s officially time to mark that perception as outdated and inaccurate. Why? Simply because communication-centric training brings genuine, business-boosting benefits to the table:

    • Building trust. When people can communicate in a free and open way, it lends itself to constructive conversations, honest dialogue without fear of recrimination, and increased collaboration. All of those factors can drive increased productivity.
    • Supportive culture. A workplace thrives when a unified and team culture exists between co-workers. An environment of cohesion and teamwork as opposed to an environment of blame and fear.
    • The Hawthorne Effect. Without going into full research paper territory here, the Hawthorne Effect refers to a famous series of studies first carried out at the Hawthorne Works Electrical Factory in Illinois (circa 1920s). Similar studies have been carried out numerous times in the intervening years and the conclusions drawn by researchers are genuinely intriguing.
    • One conclusion is of particular interest. It was concluded that when employees felt their grievances or suggestions were being listened to, their productivity increased. The links to communication training here are obvious. When employees feel involved and empowered to share their clear and concise communications, it increases their output.

      3. Innovation and Change Training


      With the business world constantly evolving at a rate of knots and the competition becoming ever more fierce, only those businesses that can keep up with the pace of change will survive and thrive. Resistance to change and shying away from innovation is no longer an option. Up-skilling staff with corporate training on how to manage change and utilise innovation is the way forward.