I have some staff members who wish to go on a conference as they think it will be valuable to their learning and also networking. We currently pay for training courses but have not come across conferences in the past.
Am I required to pay for the conference fee as well as the staff members normal hours? One of the conferences involve travelling outside of London. With normal training courses we pay for the travel costs so would this come into it too?
I am wanting to say that the conference will not be paid and the staff will need to take annual leave but want to make sure this is ok.
I am concerned that my approach may reduce morale.
There will also have to be some consideration to a policy that outlines what is paid for and not in the terms of training and conferences.
I come from a previous industry where everything was paid training and conferences but my budgets are a little smaller now.
Thank you in advance