Training Employees – The Sprinter
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.