More than nine in ten employers, including small office managers, are still investing in training their workforce despite the weak economic climate.
A new survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that 92 per cent of British employers expect to invest the same or more time and money on improving staff qualifications and skills next year as they have in 2012, reports HR magazine.
The poll of finance directors and managers found that 44 per cent of respondents expect to use more in-house training in future, while another 31 per cent intend to focus on remote learning resources more.
Jane Scott Paul, chief executive of AAT, told the news provider: "Employers are clearly committed to improving staff qualifications and skills, but they're not just treading water - instead they are looking for new ways to provide staff training.
"Employers are showing far greater commitment than they're given credit for."
She added that employers need to get the message that they are investing in their staff out there.
According to the findings, 44 per cent of office employers now search for podcasts and vodcasts to aid their staff training, while 38 per cent are looking into live e-learning.
A further 38 per cent, especially managers of small offices, prefer the traditional face-to-face approach when it comes to training their workforce.
It was also revealed that training is not just about how well a business is doing financially.
In fact, the poll found that 51 per cent of employers believe the main benefit of spending money on training and staff development is increased engagement and retention.
Another way in which small office owners and employers can boost their staff engagement and retention levels is by improving the workplace.
In a recent survey by property developer DeVono, it was revealed that 65 per cent of London employees would be more engaged in their roles if their office was better.
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