A new study shows that personal development is an increasingly important factor in the workplace and a key contributor to job satisfaction.
Sixty-five percent of UK employees see a lack of personal development opportunities as a reason for looking for a new employer according to GoodHabitz, Europe’s fastest growing learning platform.
The research was conducted in cooperation with Markteffect among 13,615 employees in 13 European countries. It included 1,039 employees from the UK workforce and 12,576 employees from other European countries. In addition, 2,500 European learning and development decision-makers were interviewed about their experiences.
Tim Seger, UK Director of GoodHabitz, explains: “The survey shows that, unfortunately, not all UK businesses provide enough opportunities for employees to grow.”
“Almost one in five (17%) employees in the UK strongly disagree that current personal development opportunities are good enough. UK results differ little from the average European Union by 16%, which clearly shows employers that the lack of personal development programs can only increase the risk of losing their staff.Another way of looking at this is that while 65% of UK employees believe that the lack of personal development is a reason to change jobs, almost one in 5 employers could be at risk.
Across Europe, personal development is one of the main reasons people look for a new employer. Denmark tops the list with 73% agreeing there is a need to seek an outside role, followed by Portugal (68%), Switzerland (66%), the UK (65%) and Sweden (62%).
Personal development has extremely high impacts on job satisfaction
The GoodHabitz study also shows that personal development is important to continue in a job. As many as 67% of UK employees say that to experience adequate job satisfaction, personal development is important, showing their preference for growing personally and professionally.
Additionally, 7 in 10 employees (70%) say they would be happier in their current role if they had other opportunities to grow. Across Europe, this figure is 78%.
Employees may not know they have access to education
Seger continued: “Another idea shows a contradiction between the employer and the employees. We asked UK employers about the personal development opportunities available to employees. They responded that 9% gave their employees access to offline courses, 29% offered online courses, and 55% opted for blended learning.
“Only 7% of UK employers said they didn’t offer any opportunities for personal development. However, 24% of employees indicated this was the case, down 17%. This points to a bigger problem: employees don’t know how to find or access the online and offline learning programs offered. This missed opportunity could easily be addressed by learner marketing. This ensures that all employees understand the development opportunities available, regardless of their current role, and helps them modify their learning behaviors so that they feel positive and confident about their progress. »