Workers Prefer Face-to-Face Training

July 9, 2013 ( - One-third (33%) of workers polled identified in-house, instructor-led workshops as the type of professional training they value most.

Tuition reimbursement for off-site seminars ranked second, with 22% of the response, surpassing online courses (18%) and reference books (16%), according to a survey from OfficeTeam.

Companies appear attuned to workers’ desires for in-person training: More than two-thirds (67%) of human resources (HR) managers polled said their organizations offer this type of instruction. Many firms also provide books or other reference materials (64%) and online courses (62%).

However, only 35% of executives indicated they subsidize classes taken by employees outside of work. In addition, 12% said they do not offer any of these training options to staff.

The survey of workers includes responses from 409 adults 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments. The manager survey includes interviews with 508 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.