Organizations are routinely valued based on their intellectual capital (i.e. what they know). Intellectual capital fuels a company’s competitive advantage and boosts its market value.
For a company like Microsoft, their $280 billion market value far exceeds the value of its physical assets, because it includes their ideas, concepts and knowledge as intellectual capital.
While your company may not equate to Microsoft, there are strategic ways to boost your intellectual capital, including providing training for your employees. Training is one of the chief methods of maintaining and improving intellectual capital because it increases the overall wealth and quality of knowledge your company can leverage when doing business.
Given the benefits of training, which include continued employee education, don’t you think it is strange that the average US employer spends very little on this investment? Perhaps accounting standards’ classification of training as an expense instead of what it actually is – an investment – causes this discrepancy!
How much do you invest annually in employee training?
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