New research* released today from breatheHR reveals that small to medium sized business owners in the UK are neglecting to provide staff with adequate training and development support, with almost half (47.6%) of those surveyed feeling that their boss doesn’t take their personal development seriously, and a quarter (27.90%) admitting to having never discussed training or personal development at all.
The ‘Personal Development in the Workplace’ study, also revealed that the majority of respondents (66%) haven’t been provided with any kind of personal development plan, so are essentially working day-to-day without any long term focus.
It also seems that geographical location can have an impact on engagement. Respondents in Scotland felt the most engaged at work, with 62% believing their employer takes their personal development seriously. This is 18% higher than in East Anglia where less than half (44.62%) felt their personal development was a serious focus for their boss.
Oddly enough, despite being the UK’s largest centre for employment and industry, London and the South East is actually one of the worst regions in terms staff development, lagging behind the majority of the UK.
Reacting to the findings, Jonathan Richards, CEO & founder of breatheHR, said: “The results clearly show a fantastic opportunity for small to medium sized businesses to gain competitive advantage by spending time developing employees…It needn’t cost a fortune and with relatively little effort they will increase productivity and reduce costs.”
* The research was commissioned by breatheHR and run by One Poll in March 2013, with respondents coming from small businesses (1-250 employees) across the UK