Your company wants to have the best possible employees. And while hiring the right people is a smart first step, it’s not enough. Here’s how to create a more reliable team through better training.
Training Is Important Because It…
- Improves Productivity
Training improves your team’s performance in two vital ways. First, your employees can apply their new knowledge directly to their jobs. They may use what they’ve learned to streamline a process, upgrade a product or collaborate more effectively. Second, regular instruction keeps your workers in learning mode. And this, in turn, leads to both greater creativity and innovation.
- Increases Engagement
Even people who love their jobs sometimes feel as though they are stuck in a rut. Ongoing training livens things up. Just when your workers think they’ve mastered their position, you’ll encourage them to learn something new. So instead of revisiting the same old things, they’ll be actively engaged in exciting and interesting projects.
- Decreases Turnover
When you invest in your team, they’ll appreciate your commitment. In fact, in a 2019 report, 94% of employees said they would stay at a company longer if it provided training. Of course, every now and again, one of your well-trained workers will get snapped up by a competitor. However, the overall benefits of training still outweigh the occasional loss.
Tips for Designing a Better Training Program
- Start with Onboarding
Training should begin on a new hire’s first day with a well-designed onboarding process. And remember, onboarding shouldn’t just be about paperwork and introductions. Instead, work toward implementing a multi-week (or multi-month) program that teaches employees how to succeed within your organization. This may include clearly specified training requirements, mentorships, and/or ongoing 1:1 meetings.
- Clarify Your Long-Term Plans
Unfortunately, you can’t snap your fingers and immediately have an amazing training strategy ready to go. Building a program takes time, commitment, and money. As a result, it’s important to identify your hoped-for outcomes at the start. Ask questions such as: What should employees learn? When will training take place? What’s the budget?
- Offer Different Instructional Methods
Finally, recognize, with training, one size does not fit all. Sometimes you will need to run on-site, group programs for everyone. Yet in other cases, you’ll have more flexibility. Experiment with different formats, places, and times. For example, one person may feel most comfortable completing online courses at home, while another learns best on the job. Taking worker’s preferences into consideration (whenever possible) allows you to develop a more effective and popular program.
Is Your Organization Trying to Build a More Reliable Team?
The recruiters at Halpin Staffing Services can help you find trainable employees who take your business to the next level. We place talented candidates with top companies throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. Hire the right people the first time. Give Halpin a call today!