Training: A key strategy to attract and retain people

Updated: Oct 19

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT: Millennials and Generation Z comprise the majority of Southeast Asia’s workforce.

Unlike the generations that preceded them, these individuals place a stronger desire on a workplace environment that allows for professional and personal growth. HR leadership and team managers must understand what motivates these employees to attract and retain them.

Noppamas Sivakriskul, McKinsey & Company’s senior partner in Thailand, believes there is no shortage of keen young people coming out of the education system.

“The problem lies with the obstacles of adequately preparing them in a working environment. HR leaders could be doing more to ease this transition by plugging the skills gap with their training programs and specialised training facilities,” she said.

Mapping clear career pathways and mentoring programs must be a crucial component of their company retention strategy. The benefits of doing this are not limited to competitiveness, but also make it possible to create succession plans for ageing leadership.

This feature was extracted from Chief of Staff Asia's report on Training, Learning and Development. For further coverage, and access to the full report, please see any of the below links:

Time to build: Learning and Development strategies in the retention crisis (full report)

"Build" strategies now streets ahead: Chief of Staff research (news highlight)

Career growth, remuneration driving employee exodus (feature)

Training: A key strategy to attract and retain people (analysis)

Examining the financial cost of the shortage in soft skills (feature)

New digital tools are providing the keys to training woes (feature)

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