Archive for September, 2014
Employee training is one of the most important things that you can do as part of your long-term company strategy. Just like tools – employees need to be sharpened now and then. Most people only retain about half what they are taught, depending upon how it was taught, and how good their long term memory is, and so consistent employee training is important. Training the right way will allow your employees to reach their full potential, which is exactly what will help you to provide the best product or service possible. Here are some reasons why employee training is so important.
Employees Will Notice If You Care About Their Future
Your employees will notice if you take an interest in their future, and that’s just what training does. You will find that they will be more loyal, harder working and the work environment will be more positive.
Training Increases Productivity
When you train someone, you often show them a better way to accomplish the tasks that they are expected to do. That means that they will be able to work smarter – and harder – and your entire company will be better for it because of increased productivity.
Employee Development Allows You to See Talent Emerge
Employee training will help you to determine who within your company is truly talented in the field that you are in, and can help you to select managers and those who would fit best into certain positions. A successful company is all about the talent that you have under you, and employee development allows you to see that talent emerge and can nurture it so that it can work for your business.
I recently came across a very inspiring post on Forbes. Victor Lipman writes about Management and cooperate life for the popular website and this time he had one message for employers and business owners in general: employee development can cost you talent.
Mr. Lipman was an employer and a manager and he recounts how failure to help young talent always resulted in talented managers leaving him when he most needed them. These young people know what they want and unfortunately they can also tell whether or not they are going in the direction they should. As soon as they realize that you’re not helpful enough, they will ask to leave.
I have been an employer as well and I know how painful it can be to lose your best talents. So if you don’t yet have a clear plan of how you’re going to hold your employees hands as they shape their future careers, then my only advice at this point would be that you draw up such a strategy quickly.
Dissatisfaction with some employee-development efforts is fueling most early exits according to a separate study published on the Harvard Business Review. Most young managers are leaving as soon as they realize that they aren’t getting enough help in terms of formal development which includes training, coaching, and mentoring.
Employee training tips
There are several ways of “quick training” your employees. I have listed a few tips below which you can try out. I can guarantee that most of the methods listed here will work; what I can’t guarantee is that they will ALL work PERFECTLY well for your organization.
- Join industry associations and trade groups – many of these associations usually offer valuable training at annual events, seminars, and over the internet
- Host periodic Brown-Bag lunches – and while at it, ask the employees to come prepare to share their thoughts regarding a particular topic.
- Get your trainers from within the organization – see if you can identify leaders within your staff, employees with strong interaction and communication skills and the desire to help others and give them the chance to educate and inspire the rest.
- Enroll you staff at various online learning platforms – the Business Training Institute, Learning Tree, and BizLibrary are a few examples of online learning societies that you may consider.
Putting these quick and simple steps in place will have your nimble employees sprinting toward the goal.