Training is an important part of an organisation. As without training and development, how can you expect your staff to grow and excel? If they are not growing then neither will your business. We scanned the internet for the best training stats out there. Now you can be assured that training is a worthwhile investment.

58% of workers prefer to learn at their own pace

This shows that employees want to be in control of their own development and learning. It’s important that your company uses a learning software that enables employees to take learning at their own pace. HowNow is an online platform.  This means your company can access their own online training school from anywhere and even through the mobile app.


94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development

Recruiting new staff is a very hefty cost that can impact a business. Not only does it cost the business financially but also slows down the productivity of your workforce.  If almost all staff surveyed are saying that professional development impacts their decision to stay then it’s a no-brainer.  Professional development requirements of employees must be met with training opportunities. It will not only lead to employee retention but it will also lead to increased productivity.


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56% of employees would spend more time learning if managers indicated which courses to take to improve or gain new skills.

This figure indicates that the majority of employees would love to develop further but lack the expertise to know what courses or skills to take to advance themselves further in their career.  You want your employees to smash their goals and meet their KPIs. Therefore, allocate appropriate training to ensure they have the skills needed to excel.


33% of companies surveyed would say that learning and development departments are critical to the success

If you see evidence like this, you can’t ignore it.  Professional development will not only motivate and engage your team but it will also contribute to your profit line. HowNow makes it easy for you to deliver engaging training to employees with live classes, gamification and assessments.   You can measure your employee’s engagement and progress by using a detailed analytics dashboard of their learning and progress.


34% of companies say that their learning and development is limited by budget.

There are many things that are likely fighting for a share of your budget. It’s important to analyse each investment even learning, to understand the returns and the overall impact on the company. Thankfully, HowNow is an online platform where you can host and deliver learning online.  This means your budget won’t be quite as stretched as if you were providing workshops and using an old learning management system.  HowNow has monthly plans and if you signed up for a year you will receive a 20% discount.  Without your employees your company would not grow,  after your product, they are the single most important contributor to growth.  So if you are going to invest your money anywhere then I’d say that your employees are a pretty good investment.

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70% agree that training can help people block out distractions.

It’s not easy concentrating at work, there are a million ways you can distract yourself. Surprisingly as it may be many employees believe that training can help limit distractions. Employees surveyed said they felt much more productive when provided with training and development opportunities. This may be because when they are learning, they are far more engaged in their work and producing the best work they can. Not having adequate training to take on your tasks leads to frustration and distracted.


42% of employees surveyed said they would be more engaged at work if they had access to learning new skills whenever needed

Just in Time training is a new phrase but at the heart of it, it means learning what you need when you need it.  It’s important that employees can access materials when they need them.  This may be a lesson or a collection of resources when the issues arises. There are many training modules that can be planned but sometimes when you are working new issues arises. Build out a library of content in your school where employees can find appropriate resources. This will enable them to move past the problem quicker.  Not knowing how to solve an issue can lead to distractions in the workplace and a drop in morale.



It is notoriously difficult to define employee engagement but there is one thing we know for certain: engaged employees are happier than their disengaged colleagues, and more productive. The 2014 University of Warwick’s study found that “human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity”. So, the happier employees are, the more productive they will be, which is a benefit for both employees and employers alike.

But what can you do to make your staff happier at work? Well, it’s not as complicated as you may think. Focus on six key areas of staff engagement and you could have a happier, healthier and more productive workforce in no time!


Transparency and open conversations between employees and management are the basis of building trust and, consequently, engagement. Tailoring benefits communications to staff can make them happier, which is not only good for your staff, but also good for your business. Receiving meaningful and relevant information can improve someone’s day, receiving generic ‘Dear all’ messages about topics that they don’t care about and aren’t affected by can both frustrate and annoy staff. If you take the time to have a conversation rather than just shooting across an email, your employees will really appreciate the extra effort involved.


With 1 in 4 people suffering with a diagnosable mental health condition each year, mental wellbeing should already be at the top of every HR agenda. Financial and physical wellbeing should also feature heavily when you’re discussing employee engagement and productivity. These three key areas of wellbeing are so intrinsically linked that it is often hard to impact one without affecting the others. Job insecurity can also lead to financial worries, and increased stress has been shown to lead to poorer physical health, so it is important to provide both financial and physical wellbeing initiatives during any period of change.

Staff Engagment


Making all employee benefits and comms accessible in one place, via an app means that staff have everything they need right at their fingertips. Gone are the days of wasting time trawling the company intranet for some information that might be out of date once you get to it. Today, staff want everything in real-time and an employee engagement app can do just that, and more.

Learning and Development

Learning and development are inseparable aspects of our working life. If we stop learning, we stop growing, so whether you have a speaker come to the office, offer an online database of courses, or you run workshops during lunch breaks, make sure that regular learning and development opportunities are available for all staff members.

Running seminars and workshops on managerial training, refresher courses for employees on elements of their day-to-day job, and more specialist courses for those wishing to move into a different section of the business will help keep your workforce engaged.

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Example of using HowNow to conduct training

Reward and Recognition

When you recognise and reward a high level of service, you encourage employees to repeat these actions, creating a happier and more productive workforce. The majority of reward and recognition programmes are now digital, which allows access anytime and anywhere. However, even though a programme may be online, this doesn’t guarantee participation. Younger employees check their smartphone an average of 85 times per day, so placing your Reward and Recognition within an app, could significantly boost participation. The introduction of technology even allows for some level of automation, which can make recognising employees hard work even easier.

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Eventually, it all comes full circle and we’re back to communication, this time from employee to employer. Pulse surveys, feedback forms or even grabbing a quick coffee with each team can help show your staff that you do listen and understand their concerns. Once you’ve collected staff feedback, it is important that you take action. The most successful engagement programmes use this feedback to fine tune engagement strategies. Treating your engagement programme as an ongoing and iterative process that is constantly adapting and improving can show your staff that you care about their wellbeing. This will not only help them become more engaged, you may find that it also improves happiness and productivity levels in your organisation too.


About the Author:

Hayley is Communications Executive at Personal Group, a technology-enabled employee services business which works with employers to drive productivity through better employee engagement and a more motivated workforce. With over 30 years’ experience, the Company provides employee benefits, serving 550 businesses, reaching over 2 million employees across the UK.

Plugging the knowledge leak

I remember my first day at my first office job. I had invested the remains of my student loan on a new suit, got myself a ‘respectable’ haircut and for the first time in my life, I had polished my shoes. After a series of unsuccessful attempts at securing employment post graduation, I wanted to ensure that everything went well on my big day and impress everyone I came across in my new role. It was 11am on my first day and everything was going as planned – smiling my way through the office and impressing everyone with my eagerness to learn.  I was assigned a ‘buddy’ – his name was Brian. Brian, I was told, was a real fountain of knowledge and the best man for me to learn from. I couldn’t wait to learn from this man who was so highly revered by his peers.

Unfortunately for me, Brian had selfishly decided to quit his job on the same day and refused to come into work. Unperturbed by Brian’s lack of consideration for my career progression, I just waited until a new buddy was assigned to me. To my surprise, it became quickly apparent that Brian took a large share of the knowledge with him and what was left was a jigsaw puzzle with the key pieces missing.

Over the years, I have realised that knowledge leakage is a problem that has plagued businesses for years. Sudden departures of ‘knowledge rich’ employees can have a drastic impact on productivity and the topline. Also, a recent survey carried out by a company called  Braidio found that only 35 percent of employees share critical knowledge that they learn on the job. The need to ensure seamless flow of knowledge through an organisation has never been greater.

Knowledge gap

At HowNow, we have decided to tackle the knowledge conundrum head-on. With traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS) failing to bring together relevant expertise within an organisation, we saw the need to create a platform that not only captures, curates and organises knowledge within an organisation, but also a platform that makes sharing knowledge fun. Some of our key features include:

  • Platform that allows your organisation to capture, curate, organise and distribute learning content of all types – from internal training content to the best courses, videos, podcasts, articles and coaching from external experts.
  • Virtual classroom functionality which facilitates group knowledge sharing without any geographic restrictions.
  • iOS and Android apps that allows your employees to access the relevant knowledge from wherever they are in the world.
  • Live insights and analytics that allows you to stay up-to-date with knowledge requirements and gaps in your organisation.
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We offer the facility to host and conduct live Classes. (This image is for marketing purposes)

We have been energised by the great feedback we have been receiving from our clients and we will continue our crusade to help organisations plug the knowledge leak. We are working on a number of new features, which we are really excited about and we look forward to sharing them with you soon!


About the Author:

Kuvera Sivalingam is the CFO and Co-Founder of HowNow.  If you would like to know more about HowNow then book a demo at a time that suits you – Here.

You may have heard,  we’re in a crisis and that it’s something that needs to be addressed immediately, but you may not know what it is still? Well rest assured, we are going to explain what it is and what it all means for you as an employee or an employer. Continue reading as we navigate this jargon minefield to reveal what you need to do next.

What is it?

So essentially the Digital Skills Gap refers to two things. First, is  the term that has been used for the lack of employees in the workforce that are currently lacking many of the vital digital skills. These skills are needed to ensure their companies are at the forefront of change and development.  Secondly it refers to the lack of trained people ( graduates, appretnices and school leavers) coming into the workforce. These newcomers also don’t posses the digital skills to take themselves and their companies forward.

There is a lack of knowledge and people skilled in this area to fill the increasingly growing positions. This is an issue is because there is an increasing demand for tech in our lives. This results in  many industries moving towards a digital space.  So in order to progress we need to have staff who are trained or experienced enough to  take the company to the next level.

Wider implications of this?

Companies that are failing to train or posses the digital skills needed for growth impact the economy. The reason so many people are calling for immediate action is that it directly affects economic growth. We have now reached a point where digital skills are not just desirable but essential for survival.


How does it impact me as an employee?

90% of new jobs require digital skills to some level. So for employees it means those that can gain or posses digital skills will be more highly sought after. If you are looking to advance your career and  want to get ahead then their are a few things you can do. First of all look at the industry you work in and evaluate the skills you might need to have for the future. If you’re looking for a new job then look at the skills your desired job is looking for. Then take it upon yourself to up skill yourself so you can fill these gaps. Here are a few places that provide online digital skills courses:

How does it impact me as an employer

The good news, is there are a lot of simple things you can do to address the digital skills gap in your workforce and prepare them for the future. First of all try and establish the skills you are missing.   The following material might be of interest for different sectors

A lack of these crucial  skills means you won’t grow as fast. While these are great reading material, you want to take action. You need to take action and pretty soon, to avoid being left behind.

72% of big companies are suffering tech skill gaps in the UK. You need to up skill your staff through providing extra training especially in the digital skills gap. HowNow is a great platform you can use to host your training. It’s the perfect space to host interactive, engaging training that your staff can easily access anywhere with an internet connection or even access on their mobile through the HowNow app.

The Human Resources department should put more budget into training your staff.  Give staff the incentive to take up training within the digital skills space. As the future of industries change, you need to be adaptable and so do your staff.   Keep up to date with the trends and make sure you are offering or at least supporting the right training for your staff.

Attracting the right talent with the right skills for future is all about making your current staff happy. If your current staff feel valued and happy then they are going to recomend your company and be your company advocates when they know you are looking for new hires. 55% of job seekers would move to another job if they feel their current employer is not fulfilling their desire to keep their digital skills current. So make sure you are providing regular training and training is something you celebrate and shout about. Check out HowNow for a software platform that can host all your training material to educate and up-skill employees.

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