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What Is Employee Training and Development?

Employee training and development is a broad term covering multiple kinds of employee learning.

Employee training includes the programs that help employees learn the specific knowledge or skills needed to improve performance in their current roles. What are employee training methods? The most effective methods include:

  • Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and/or Virtual Instructor-Led Training
  • Digital Learning
  • Blended learning
  • On-Demand Learning

These methods of learning may be used for onboarding, upskilling, compliance, sales enablement, leadership, and many other types of employee training programs.

Employee development is more expansive and focuses on individual employee growth and future performance, rather than learning for an immediate job role. To create effective employee development programs, L&D teams should use needs analysis processes to determine a performance map to build training that enhances both competency and capabilities, and creates pathways for future employee advancement.

As companies grow and the war for talent intensifies, it is increasingly important that training and development programs are not only competitive but are supporting the organization on its defined strategic path.

-China Gorman, CEO at Great Place to Work

What Are the Benefits of Employee Training and Development?

Any training program you develop is only as good as the results you get. You need strategies to measure training effectiveness. You need training metrics to determine whether your methods improve employee performance, lead to desired outcomes, and create positive impact at scale.
Did you know that employees appreciate opportunities to learn skills that improve their job performance, and advance in their career? Studies show employee training and development programs and internal hiring opportunities increase retention, motivation, morale, and performance.
Good training and development programs help you retain the right people and grow profits. As the battle for top talent becomes more competitive, employee training and development programs are more important than ever. Hiring top talent takes time and money, and how you engage and develop that talent from the time they are first onboarded impacts retention and business growth. According to the 2023 Workplace Learning Report from LinkedIn, 93% of organizations are concerned about employee retention, and the #1 was organizations are working to improve retention is by “providing learning opportunities.”
And it’s not just about retention. Employee training and development programs directly impact your bottom line.
According to SHRM, the link between learning and business success is compelling. “Companies that learn fastest and adapt well to changing environments perform the best over time,” says Edward Hess, a professor of business administration and author.

How to Develop a Training Program for Employees

High-impact training and development programs don’t just happen. Instead, they’re the result of a careful planning and alignment process. The following steps can help you translate business objectives into a tailored training plan.

  1. Identify Business Impact: Design and develop your training to meet the company’s overall goals. Keeping business goals in focus ensures training and development makes a measurable impact. This will also help you to set a baseline for later, if you need to know how to improve employee training programs, how to develop a curriculum for training, and how to track employee training results.
  2. Analyze Skill Gaps: How are your employees’ behaviors helping meet the business goal? By finding out what the gaps are between employees’ current and ideal skills, you can better pinpoint what your specific learning objectives should be. Categorize these learning objectives into these three groups, and have activities in your training plan that target all three.
    1. Motivation: How can you help learners understand why they need to change their behaviors? By working with employee motivations–for example, pinpointing a purpose–you’re more likely to change behavior over the long term.
    2. Skills Mastery: What do your learners need to be able to do the job? These behaviors will have the most impact on performance.
    3. Critical Thinking: What must your learners know to perform their jobs well? Distinguish critical knowledge from nice-to-know information to identify what content should be in the course, and what should be in optional resources.
  3. Layer Training Methods: The most effective training programs use layered, sustainable learning activities to create performance improvement over time. A layered approach makes sure your program targets the essential employee, customer, and business needs while training the right people at the right time in the right way. A layered approach is the best of all worlds because it blends learning experiences and training methods that maximize the benefits of your time.
  4. Evaluate Effectiveness and Sustain Gains: Employees’ need for training and support don’t end when they get back to work. In fact, continued support is required to ensure that initial training sticks. Measurable learning objectives are the foundation for you to evaluate an initiative’s impact.

How We Can Help

  • Needs analysis
  • Performance Consulting
  • Interactive scenarios and simulations to allow hands-on practice
  • Gamification
  • Microlearning
  • Learning in the flow of work support resources
  • Progressive onboarding
  • Conversion of ILT to digital learning
  • Delivering training to a widely dispersed audience
  • Reduce seat time

How to Improve Employee Training

A successful employee training and development program should be engaging to be effective. Use of self-directed learning, creative services to incorporate video and animations, and other technology integrations and enhancements that prioritize the learner experience will improve learning outcomes – and get organizational results.

Visit our creative services page to learn more about learning enhancements that include:

UX and Interface Design Motion Graphics AR/VR Instructional Media Video Branding & Identity Accessibility

Benefits of Employee Training and Development

Top companies invest in corporate training programs because they know the investment pays off in individual and organizational benefits.

Here are a few examples:


  • Profit growth
  • Reduced employee turnover
  • Deeper talent succession pipelines


  • Increased employee motivation
  • Improved engagement
  • Improved productivity speed and competency

For additional examples of employee training and development projects and successful results, visit our portfolio page. Over the last 40+ years, AllenComm has worked with leaders across industries to create successful employee training programs that reduce seat times, increase speed to productivity, improve employee retention and participation, and get measureable results.