ICDL Asia General Manager Ms. Tina Wu was invited as one of the panel speakers for the Singapore Executive Dialogue Session co-organised by Singapore National Employer Federation (SNEF) and International Labour Organisation (ILO – ACT/EMP). The Dialogue talks about the changing nature of jobs and work in Singapore: anticipated changes in the Singaporean business context and key sectoral impacts of technological advancement.
Many interesting comments and views were raised, invoking thoughts faced by employers today which stemmed from this particular question during the Dialogue Session: When loyalty and long term commitment is low among the new generation of employees, what would be the incentive for employers to invest in training and skills development of their employees?
Some views/replies from panel speakers and audience include:
- Training promotes loyalty among employees and are rewarding to the employers in this aspect.
- Training should be part of company culture through taking up courses or learning from good seniors.
- What if the company do not invest to train their employees and they stayed on?
- Training is a way of caring from the management and allows employers to assign challenging jobs to the employees. It also encourages young and old employees by creating more opportunities to them via training to add on/upgrading their skills set.
- When the company train their employees, it will help them identify the need of the skills/trainings that are amiss.