It’s no secret that the most important resource a company has is its employees. A well-trained, engaged workforce will drive a company’s success, while an unmotivated, underperforming group will slow down production and potentially cause a company to fail. It’s also well understood that training is essential in creating a positive, productive workforce. However, this concept of training is often nebulous and unfocused. Rather than piece together ad hoc training programs, organizations should focus their efforts on four key categories. The first, and arguably the most important, is improving productivity. Employee skill sets and talent must be continuously monitored and gauged to optimize efficiency and increase profit margins. The second most important priority for training is maintaining quality and bolstering innovation. These are both extremely important factors in the growth of an organization, and must be fostered for long-term sustainability. The third priority for training has to do with interpersonal skills—specifically fostering interaction and cooperation between individuals and departments. Lastly, it’s important to enable employees to participate in autonomous learning and take command of their career development.