Why you should consider employee training to maximize your resources
Training and learning are an essential part of life. Just because your staff may have left formal education long ago, offering employee on-the-job training can massively expand your workforce’s knowledge and skills.
On-the-job training has been proven to improve employee motivation and satisfaction at work. Moreover, by offering your staff a clear and defined path to progression (and perhaps promotion), you’ll be far more likely to tap into their inner drive while also improving their skills – in turn making them perform more effectively in the workplace.
There are numerous ways you can coach and educate your employees through their careers, including in-house training, study for industry-specific qualifications, online courses, and even enrolment in further college/university certificates. Here are just some ways of offering employee training that can help maximize your internal resources.
In-house training improves and increases consistency at work
In-house training is essential for new employees, joining a company to make them aware of your particular work practices. However, you should also train existing, long-term staff to ensure they’re up to speed with your policies. Staff can only perform and the training they’re given to ensure everyone knows exactly what’s expected of them. Also, remember that graduates coming from college or university will be full of knowledge but will mostly lack hands-on experience, so pay particular attention to younger workers to help them fit into your processes quickly. Before you know it, your staff will be working in harmony, bringing increased efficiency and productivity.
Training makes staff feel valued
If an employee sees you’re willing to invest in their training, they’re more likely to feel a valued part of your company, resulting in greater job satisfaction and happiness at work. Studies have shown that contented staff makes for more productive workers, and if an employee feels they’re an integral cog in a more significant process, they’ll tend to work harder for you. Moreover, training helps staff feel supported, which will increase their confidence in the workplace.
Addressing areas of weakness – encouraging strengths
Training can be a highly effective way of identifying weaknesses in your employees’ workplace skills while offering a supportive path for improvement. Rather than just criticizing staff for gaps in knowledge or a lack of skills in particular areas, training actively improves. Developing your team’s skills will also mean bringing them all to the same level, eliminating weakest links, and promoting greater productivity.
Additionally, training can also help identify particular strengths in staff and help them improve in areas where perhaps they hadn’t realized they already had skills. Services like six sigma consulting first analyze a company’s processes then apply a rigorous problem-solving methodology to identify and eliminate problem areas. The system addresses all facets of a company’s practices while streamlining operations by giving employees the tools and training for continuous improvement.
Increased creativity and productivity
Workplace training will expose your employees to new ideas and skills which they can put to good use in their job, increasing productivity and, possibly, their creativity. Through training, staff frequently come up with new ideas or processes that will be of ultimate benefit to your company.
Staff turnover is expensive for companies. Not only is recruiting new employees time-consuming, but it can also prove expensive (through direct and indirect costs). Training is seen as an additional work benefit, and employees will appreciate the fact you’ve invested in them, making them far less likely to leave your company.