If you want to improve staff retention, increase productivity, and improve morale then you may want to consider employee training. It is important for a number of reasons that members of your staff remain up-to-date, and I will discuss some of these below.
Employee training improves staff retention
If staff feel that they are stagnant and not challenged, then they are more likely to lose interest in their work. This boredom will cause many to look for another job that seems a bit more challenging. Employee training keeps things fresh, and it makes the staff feel like they are developing while in the job. So long as they feel they are learning something new and needing to meet new challenges their attitude to the job will remain fresh and enthusiastic. It is when members of staff feel that there is nothing more to learn that problems set in.
Employee training improves productivity
In every industry there will always be innovations and improved ways of doing things. Employee training will keep people up-to-date and consequently more productive. The fact that they are not bored with their job will also mean that they will work a lot harder.
Employee training improves staff morale
When you provide employee training, it demonstrates to staff that you view them as important for the company’s future. It gives them the message that their contribution is needed by the company. In fact, it is so important that you are willing to invest in their education. When employees feel valued like this it increases staff morale. It also adds to their productivity and makes them less likely to leave the job.
Employee training is good for team building
When staff members are brought together in an environment like employee training, it increases their sense of being a team. These sessions tend to mix people who work in different parts of the business together. This will allow them to better understand how the other parts of the business work and how everyone is in it together for a similar purpose. These training sessions allow for a bit of socializing as well as learning. It also gives the managers a chance to mingle with staff in a more relaxed manner.
Employee training ensures that everyone is up-to-date on policy and procedures
There will be some types of employee training that are mandatory in certain industries. Training such as manual handling, CPR, first aid, and so on. These sessions will most often be required for each staff member every few years. It is important that you try and have everyone on the same training schedule so that you don’t have to provide many sessions of the same class. If there are new procedures that you want staff to follow, then these training sessions are the best time to introduce these.
As you can see there are many benefits available by having training for staff. It is a good idea to aim to have so many of these every year. If your business is constantly changing or involves a lot of on-the-job learning, then monthly training sessions might be a good idea.
By: Ryan Fyfe