A study by Middlesex University found that 74% of workers surveyed felt they were not achieving their full potential at work due to a lack of development opportunities. Employees want development opportunities and employers want well trained hires who excel in their roles. While these two objectives typically coincide, there are factors to consider when offering training as optional or required.

Optional training provides motivated employees with the resources they need to progress into a new or higher position. Seeing employees move from entry to senior level roles within a company is often a good indicator that the company treats employees fairly and has a healthy culture. But, optional training can take time away from an employee's regular work tasks. If you offer optional training, it's important to set expectations and guidelines. Read on to hear tips to ensure you are growing your employees' skill sets while at the same time ensuring company success.