Training Sets Up Your Employees and Your Business for Success
Over the past two years, your employee training program may have taken a back seat to the urgency of keeping your business going in the face of the daily challenges resulting from the pandemic and the labor shortage. But ongoing training and development are increasingly important for positioning your business for success now and in the future, especially if you have new hires.
Benefits of Employee Training
Training is a key driver of customer satisfaction and employee retention. It improves overall productivity, boosts confidence and instills pride. Employees who share a common training experience work better together.
But for all these benefits and many others, employee training sometimes gets a bad rap. From the employer’s perspective, training may seem too expensive, a luxury they can’t afford. To employees, training may seem boring, uninspired, and irrelevant.
Tips to Optimize Your Training Program
Don’t let these obstacles hold you back from starting or continuing a robust employee training program. Here are tips to ensure your program is effective, instructive, and enjoyable for all.
- Explain the “why” for the training — let your employees know how their successful training benefits them and the business
- Set clear, attainable goals — accomplishing goals will instill a sense of achievement and pride
- Keep to a consistent schedule of training sessions — reinforces the importance of training
- Be sure training materials are legible, clearly understood, and in overall good condition — whether they physical materials or online programs
- Tap senior employees to train new hires — your longtime employees can help new hires fit in better
I strongly believe that a mix of continuous learning, formal training sessions, and individual accountability is the best way to develop the skills of your employees. If you need guidance developing a program that fits your business goals, please reach out for a complimentary consultation.
If you would like to learn more about how this might apply to your business, let’s talk: