Workers could find themselves grabbing their notepad and setting their out of office for a day's training more regularly next year, research out today suggests.
Nearly two-fifths (39 per cent) of financial executives are planning to spend more on staff development next year, as Robert Half Financial Services also found training and development investment will increase by a fifth over the next 12 months.
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Staff are most likely to find themselves on a course run by an external trainer, as this type of development was deemed beneficial for financial services professionals by almost half (49 per cent) of those asked. A similar proportion (48 per cent) sung the praises of mentoring, while two-fifths (39 per cent) were fans of on-the-job training.
However, just a tenth (eight per cent) said they thought reverse mentoring – where a less experienced employee provides feedback and insight to a more senior staff member – would be beneficial.
"The planned increases highlight the importance of attracting and retaining the best people, particularly in light of the current skills shortage," said Luke Davis, vice-president at Robert Half Financial Services. "Professionals today are eager to find ways to advance their career and professional development.
"The most successful training and development programmes are those that are tailored to the individual and their personal career path within the business."